The creation of art in its various forms is an effective way to stimulate the brain. Research from the University of Sydney and the Australian Council for the Arts demonstrates that involvement in the arts offers wide-ranging benefits for young people – not just in the classroom, but also in life. Students who participate in the arts have higher levels of motivation at school and improved engagement, self-esteem and life satisfaction. It is also recognised that the arts can enhance academic performance.
A number of researchers have raised concerns about the steady decline of time spent participating in physical activity at some schools. One particular concern is that removing or reducing physical activity in school may be detrimental to a child’s physical health, as well as their academic performance.
The phrase “innovate or die” wasn’t coined without reason. Innovation is defined as ‘changing processes or creating more effective processes, products and ideas.’ Innovation in schools is essential in giving children an education that is relevant in our ever-changing world. Being innovative is not just inventing new things or bringing robots into the classroom, it’s adapting a classroom environment to deliver better teaching.
For many families, reading aloud to children is a much-loved part of the bedtime routine. But how long do you continue to read aloud to children? Once they become competent readers and start to enjoy reading independently, it’s natural to assume that we don’t need to read aloud as often.
To be literate, is to be capable of listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of different contexts. Students develop literacy skills as they learn to use language confidently to communicate inside and outside of school. Developing literacy skills is about more than just gaining knowledge – it is about students becoming effective learners who are confident and motivated to use their communication skills broadly. We’ve put together a list of fun ways to help your child develop literacy skills.
Homework plays an essential role in education but can have a significant impact on families. It can be difficult for parents to navigate the issue of how involved they need to be in their child’s homework commitments. The age of a child will invariably determine the level of parental involvement required. However, it is vital to remember that homework is intended for students to do by themselves.
By Deborah Williams, Academic Dean
In Trinity news the recent Scholars’ Assembly formally acknowledged the most outstanding academic achievements of the 2018 Year 12 cohort across HSC and IB. It was a recognition not only of numerical results, awards and scholarships earned, but also of the deliberate commitment and effort of the students themselves, and those who joined with them in their learning, particularly parents, siblings and Trinity staff. One of the highlights of the assembly, for me, was listening to Dr De Lany interview two young men about their experience, and to what they attributed their success.
Homework plays a key role in a child’s learning. Through homework and study, a student can read, review and reflect on the concepts taught in class, allowing him to develop a deep understanding of content. We have put together a list of healthy homework habits for your teenager and show how you can help him make the most of home study.
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.