Education Matters

Head Master: The value of taking one step at a time

Posted by Tim Bowden on Oct 14, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master

I have never really understood the appeal of mountain climbing. That’s OK. I have never really understood the appeal of avocado either. We all have different tastes.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Improve learning, Study tips, Mental health

What is pastoral care?

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Pastoral care is defined as “the provisions made to advise students about personal wellbeing and their moral and ethical concerns.” At Trinity, this means that your son will be known, cared for and guided to grow in mind, body and spirit. Our pastoral care system is central to everything we do. When we consider the question, ‘What is pastoral care?’, it’s helpful to look at how schools care for their students.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Raising boys, Support programs, Pastoral care, Co-curricular activities, Religious education, Mental health

Mental health benefits of outdoor education

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM

In today’s technology-based world children can become heavily exposed to digital technology. Research shows that the more time that children spend interacting with technology, the less time they spend outdoors. It is thought that children today spend just 10 percent of their time outdoors, compared to their parents who spent at least 40 percent of their time outside. The implications of reduced outdoor exposure can be significant, especially in terms of health and wellbeing. The mental health benefits of outdoor education are particularly meaningful.

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Topics: Outdoor education, Trinity difference, Risk-taking, Boys learning, Education, Mental health

The link between sport and academic excellence

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Physical education, Raising boys, Sport and boys, Academic excellence, Improve learning, Mental health

Ways to support your child during Year 12

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Feb 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Year 12 is a significant year for students. As they go through their final year of high school, sit end-of-school exams and make key decisions about their future, their year may be full of nerves and high-pressure moments. This makes your involvement in your child’s life at this time even more important. To help you, we’ve put together six ways to support your child during Year 12.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Homework, Fathering, Raising boys, Study tips, Mental health

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

7 tips to calm nerves at exam time

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 27, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Learning how to manage stress so that it doesn’t manage you, is an important life skill. It is normal to feel stressed or anxious during exams. The key to managing stress during exams is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep perspective in check and ensure you are prepared.

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Topics: Study tips, Mental health

5 tips for helping your child with anxiety and depression

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 19, 2018 6:00:00 AM

According to the Australian Government’s 2015 Mental Health of Children and Adolescents Report, almost three percent of Australian children aged four to 17 met diagnostic criteria for a major depressive order, with adolescents aged 12 to 17 at greatest risk. The report also found that approximately seven percent of young people aged four to 17 had an anxiety disorder.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Pastoral care, Mental health

Child mental health: what to look for

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

Events such as R U OK? Day, remind us to be aware of each other’s mental health and wellbeing. While experiencing social and emotional difficulties is a natural part of growing up for children, sometimes symptoms display for an extended period of time or begin to interfere with everyday life, indicating more serious mental health concerns.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Pastoral care, Mental health

7 Tips to build your child’s confidence

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 22, 2018 6:00:00 AM

A healthy dose of confidence is vital to a child’s social and emotional development. A positive sense of self-worth is also critical to learning and academic success.

Confident people are usually authentic and express themselves and their opinions freely when the situation warrants it. Confidence generally leads to a happy and fulfilling life which is what we ultimately seek for our children. A lack of confidence can be symptomatic of anxiety and depression and so needs to be managed carefully.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Mental health