Education Matters

Student story: The good and bad things about homework

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

By Oliver Berry, Year 6 Junior School

Homework. Every boy and girl hates it but really it is not such a bad thing, if we did not have homework we might forget things that are very helpful for our work or we might not ever practise mathematical equations which means we will forget how to do them. Homework is very short so it is not too bad to spend 40 minutes of your afternoon doing homework instead of going on your computer or playing outside because it makes your brain really have to turn on and focus and does not make you that tired. I think that you can also enjoy homework depending on what your teacher gives you. For example, ‘Mathletics’ - it can be much more fun than doing long maths equations.

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Topics: Homework, Trinity difference, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Boys learning, Junior School, Students

5 Reasons why your son needs mentors

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 24, 2017 6:00:00 AM

In a world where there is pressure to succeed, relationships to negotiate and an increasing need to ‘fit in’, young people need support and reassurance from individuals they respect. While support can, and should come from you as parents, your son may benefit from guidance, advice and reassurance from beyond his family unit.

Mentors are usually individuals with more life experience. They have knowledge to impart and can support your son in his journey towards adulthood. They may be a facilitator of curiosity and critical thinking skills, someone to encourage enjoyment in learning, a promoter of life skills and wellbeing, or a role model for future success.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Trinity difference, Pastoral care, Improve learning

Fostering a healthy mind – the importance of emotional skills for boys

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 10, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Today, as it is World Mental Health Day, we look at the importance of emotional skills for boys, and why it should not be underestimated. Research has shown that emotional skills are crucial for children to become successful both socially and academically. How a child reacts emotionally to different situations can have an impact on their decision-making, how they behave and ultimately their happiness and wellbeing.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Boys learning, Mental health

The study of English and literature is constantly evolving at Trinity

Posted by Alison Boyd-Boland on Oct 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

By Alison Boyd-Boland, Dean of English

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine” – Emily Dickinson.

Emily Dickinson’s comment captures what is at the heart of the study of English and literature – a recognition of the power of the written word to convey meaning, to transport us to other times and places, and to inspire and extend our thinking.

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Topics: Literacy, Boys' education, Trinity difference, Reading, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Technology, Boys learning, Boys and literacy, Teachers

Strategies for managing study time

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Students’ lives are busy – up to seven hours of school, five days a week, plus sports, co-curricular activities, jobs, leisure time, a good night’s sleep. How do they find time for study? Are you worried about your son’s propensity to procrastinate or get distracted?

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Topics: Parenting tips, Homework, Fathering, Trinity difference, Improve learning, Boys learning, Study tips

What are the main challenges facing teachers?

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

It cannot be denied that teaching is a rewarding yet challenging career. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

At Trinity, our teachers are passionate, engaging and committed to their profession. As parents we don’t often get an insight into the vast and varied tasks that teachers undertake behind the scenes. It is easy to forget that the fun and engaging activities that our children enjoy in the classroom are the result of planning, lifelong learning, and experience that is juggled with many administrative tasks.

So, what are the main challenges facing teachers today?

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Topics: Trinity difference, Improve learning, Education, Teachers

Trinity students' learning extends beyond the classroom

Posted by Jacqueline Kelly on Sep 11, 2017 6:00:00 AM

By Jacqueline Kelly, Year 3 Teacher, Junior School

Recently, Trinity Grammar School students from Year 3 in the Junior School embarked on an excursion to the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. The visit was aimed at supporting learning as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) unit of Inquiry, “How the world works.” Students and teachers were very excited to take part in the hands-on experience combining horticulture and art.

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Topics: Outdoor education, Trinity difference, Improve learning, Arts, Junior School, Creative arts, International Baccalaureate

8 Tips on how to encourage a love of reading in your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM

International Literacy Day is a major annual event for literacy advocacy held on 8 September since 1946. This year’s theme is titled: 'Literacy in a Digital World.’ Reading provides the cornerstone for a good education and research has found that it stimulates the brain, improves memory and concentration, and reduces stress. In addition, reading develops knowledge, vocabulary, critical thinking, and greatly enhances your son’s capacity for creative thinking.

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Topics: Literacy, Parenting tips, Kindergarten at Trinity, Early years, Improve learning, Boys and literacy, Early learning

HSC study survival guide: 7 quick tips

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

The HSC can be a highly stressful time for students. Not only are they experiencing an increased work load, they are also experiencing pressure to succeed and anticipating the implications of their results.

Knowing how to help you son can be challenging, so we’ve created an HSC study survival guide with 7 quick tips to help your son through his HSC.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Improve learning, Study tips

How Trinity's Arthur Holt Library is enriching the student experience

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

With Literacy and Numeracy Week just around the corner (4 to 10 September 2017) we look at Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library and how it inspires lifelong learning and a love of reading. Delivering collections and innovative programmes that celebrate text, promote literacy, and support teaching and learning, the cutting-edge Library has a three-pronged approach to enriching the student experience.

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Topics: Literacy, Boys' education, Trinity difference, Reading, Academic excellence, Pastoral care, Improve learning, Libraries, Boys learning, Boys and literacy, Education