According to the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University’s report Reading the reader, how we read has changed dramatically as a result of the introduction of technology. With so many digital alternatives on the market, the consumption of the traditional paperback has seen a significant reduction.
The ABC’s Behind the News latest ‘Happiness Survey’ of almost 47,000 children, has found that having a good night’s sleep is a key indicator of your son’s wellbeing. Sleep and wellbeing go hand-in-hand – children who regularly have the recommended amount of sleep each night reported significantly higher levels of both happiness and feelings of safety.
Sleep experts say teenagers today are sleeping less than they ever have. This is a worry, particularly because there is a link between sleep deprivation and accidents, obesity and cardiovascular disease in later life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and homework? Are you worried about your son’s propensity to procrastinate or get distracted?
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?
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.