The Parents and Friends (P&F) group, sometimes known as Parents and Citizens (P&C), is more than just another parent support group. The role of P&F in schools is vital to your school community.
By Tim Bowden, Head Master
I recently came across the saying “If you can’t get out of it, you might as well get into it.” I think it is a brilliantly pithy articulation of a significant truth, which has particular relevance to our boys but has an equally pertinent application to all of us.
It’s not uncommon for new parents to baulk at the prospect of placing their child’s name on a school waitlist when they are just a baby. But there are valid reasons why you should start researching schools when your child is born. The reality is that it is one of the most important decisions you will make on behalf of your child, so the earlier you start the process, the better equipped you will be to make the best choice when the time comes.
To lead is to be able to motivate, influence, and direct others in order to work together and achieve a collective goal. Leadership isn’t reserved for grown-ups or those in prominent positions. Even from a young age, boys can develop their leadership skills and serve others. However, we understand that helping your son to become a leader can be challenging – you might not know where to begin, or what activities to encourage to enhance leadership skills in your son. To support your son to grow in this area and to flourish to his full potential, we’ve put together a list of five essential leadership skills to set your child up for life.
By Bradley Barr, Deputy Head Master
How do you raise boys to become good men? How do you make sure they learn the ‘right’ lessons (and) find (the ‘right’) path to follow? How do you ensure they’ll be OK? - Celia Lashlie
It’s not uncommon for academic success to be foremost in the minds of parents when considering schools. But research by the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) shows that Australian parents choose independent schools based on their desire to support a well-rounded school experience for their children. There are many reasons why it’s important to consider more than academics when choosing a school. But ultimately, it’s a personal choice and will be different for every family.
By Evan Karagiannis, eLearning Integrator
The Junior School recently staged its 4th annual Safer Internet Week. Safer Internet Week equips students to become digitally fluent 21st century citizens through authentic, unique and engaging learning experiences. Throughout the week, Kindergarten to Year 6 students participated in various age appropriate activities.
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.
John Allen | Master of the Middle School
In Trinity news, parents of Year 7 boys recently had the opportunity to swap places with their sons, attending classes and navigating the School’s classrooms, lockers and lessons. It was great to see such a large number of parents register for the event, taking up the opportunity to learn more about their son’s routine and develop connections with a range of teachers.
As a parent, there are many ways in which you can support your children at school, including meeting staff and teachers, attending school assemblies, helping out at school events and being part of the Parents and Friends (P&F) group, sometimes known as Parents and Citizens (P&C).