Education Matters

Student engagement: what do they really mean?

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Deborah Williams, Academic Dean, Trinity Grammar School

It has become common place to talk about the importance of engaging young people in learning, but it is perhaps equally as common to find very different ideas about what student engagement actually means, and who is responsible for it.

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Topics: Raising boys, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Mental health

Beginnings and endings - advice for Year 12

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 25, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Deborah Williams, Academic Dean

As we look ahead to the start of a new academic year in Term 4, for our Year 12 boys this is the beginning of a different phase of learning. Previously, the assessment schedules, lesson timetables and teachers have played a large role in structuring study time. Now, they must step into the responsibility of setting their own goals, managing a revision programme tailored to their particular needs, rotating evenly through the range of subjects they will present for their final credential, and motivating themselves to faithfully commit to this final process of exam preparation. Of course, their teachers are there to advise and suggest, but as they enter a vast period of unstructured time, it is imperative each boy puts into place a deliberate study plan.

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Topics: Homework, Improve learning, Study tips

2017 scholars share their best study tips for Year 12 exams

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

Finding the best study methods to fit your unique way of learning can be a practice in trial and error. Not all methods will suit all students. Trinity’s 2017 scholars share their best study tips for Year 12, and the methods they used to get through their gruelling final year of school.

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Topics: Homework, Improve learning, Study tips

The necessities for an efficient home study space

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The key to academic success is effort and perseverance. Regular homework and structured study go a long way toward enhancing academic performance.

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Topics: Homework, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Study tips

The ways in which Trinity supports high potential learners

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 27, 2018 6:00:00 AM Lisa Gossling, Head of Gifted and Talented Education

‘Challenge’, ‘curiosity’ and ‘choice’ are three aspects of learning that are essential to successfully engaging students in their learning – this is especially true for gifted or talented students, which are referred to as High Potential Learners (HPL) at Trinity. We focus on providing our boys with opportunities to collaborate on a regular basis with like-minded peers, with shared passions and interests. We provide flexible grouping options that honour student voice and allow them to be challenged in their thinking. Boys engage in learning at a level where pace, depth and complexity are tailored to individual need. Stanley and Benbow (1983) specify the importance of these by stating that: “The pace of learning and the depth and complexity of study in the context of strong academic programmes are critical aspects for students to have consistent learning gains.”

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Topics: Support programs, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Education

Student story: My experience learning about economics

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jul 28, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Aiden Ngo, Year 5, Preparatory School

Last week, Year 5 finished the incredible journey that was Market Day. Market Day is a three-week project where we have to make a plan about how we are going to execute a market stall; creating a product to sell at the gym for a profit. We were put with people we wouldn’t normally work with so that we would experience what it feels like to work without established friends.

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Topics: Improve learning, Education, International Baccalaureate

Fine motor activities for preschoolers

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 17, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles of the hands. We use them in common activities such as getting dressed, opening lunch boxes and school bags or using pencils or scissors. The development of fine motor skills is important for children to carry out everyday tasks and gain a sense of independence. 

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Topics: Kindergarten at Trinity, Early years, Improve learning, Early learning, Education

Trinity news: Boys walk the Great Wall

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Alexander Chu, Year 6

In Trinity news, during the recent school holidays, 38 students and seven teachers from Trinity’s Preparatory and Junior Schools had the privilege to tour China over 10 days. I was one of these lucky students and it was my first ever visit to China. We spent six days in Beijing, two days in Xi’an, and two days in Shanghai. We got to experience what it was like in China. We also had the opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture and came back with a deeper understanding about China.

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Topics: All boys education, Trinity difference, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Education, Junior School, International tours, Students

Literacy games for primary-aged children

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 7, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Building a child’s literacy begins at birth and involves learning to speak, listen, read, understand, watch, draw and write. 

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Topics: Literacy, Parenting tips, Early years, Raising boys, Improve learning, Boys and literacy, Early learning

Why boredom is good for children

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 24, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Many parents will have encountered a bored child at some point in their parenting journey, especially on the back of school holidays! Out of guilt and impulse, our increasingly busy lifestyles can sometimes lead us to respond to children’s complaints of boredom with a never-ending list of suggestions and activities. However, this only serves to teach him to rely on external stimulus for entertainment. It also reinforces the constant societal need to appear ‘busy’. Sometimes, it’s OK for children to be bored. In fact, it can be a good thing!

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