Education Matters

Bullying and resilience – 6 ways to build boys up

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

On the whole, you could be forgiven for thinking our kids have never had it so good. They’re likely to be healthier, wealthier and better educated than any generation before them. But increasingly, they report feeling anxious, stressed and depressed.

In a 2016 KidsHelpline report, the organisation reported that it received 3,828 counselling contacts (74 contacts a week, or 11 a day) in relation to bullying. And now, a new study has found that children experiencing bullying are more likely to experience some impact on their academic performance.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Bullying, Raising boys, Adolescence, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Mental health

5 Reasons why your son needs mentors

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 24, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Trinity difference, Pastoral care, Improve learning

Why it's OK for your son to take time out

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 21, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Teenagers have a lot of think about; assessments, examinations, sporting commitments, co-curricular activities, friendships and social status. They need time to refresh their mind, body and spirit in order to stay strong, motivated and mentally focused.

Particularly during exam periods, taking time out may be viewed as a negative thing. This shouldn’t however be the case.  Actually, it allows boys time for rejuvenation and can reinvigorate them for the next challenge.

Still not convinced? Here are six reasons why it's OK for your son to take time out.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Mental health

7 ways of encouraging your son to show good sportsmanship

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Sport is important for keeping fit, team building and having fun. Whether it be playing soccer in the park with friends on the weekend or a rugby grand final against a rival school, demonstrating good sportsmanship and respect should be part of the game. If boys learn from a young age that good sportsmanship is a normal part of any sporting game, they will carry it with them throughout their adult lives. Whether facing defeat, or celebrating a win, the greatest sportsmen will show respect and humility in all sporting situations.

Here are seven ways of encouraging your son to show good sportsmanship.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Physical education, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Sport and boys, Co-curricular activities, Boys learning

Strategies for managing study time

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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? Are you worried about your son’s propensity to procrastinate or get distracted?

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Topics: Parenting tips, Homework, Fathering, Trinity difference, Improve learning, Boys learning, Study tips

Six tips for encouraging boys to embrace challenges

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Any boy can rise to a challenge. If your son views the challenge as something to overcome and conquer, rather than a setback, he is more likely to develop resourcefulness and resilience. Some boys may find that the uncertainty and difficulties of adolescence will affect their motivation and approach to challenges – this can mean that they do not relish the opportunity to prove themselves. Defeating a challenge will not only help your son to grow in character but will help to gain motivation for the next challenge he will inevitably face.

Here are six tips for encouraging boys to embrace challenges:

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Topics: Parenting tips, All boys education, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence, Risk-taking, Boys learning

Tips to build your son's communication skills

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Healthy relationships built on trust and respect stem from being able to share our thoughts and feelings. Whether it is a relationship with family or friends, or success at school or in the workplace, the ability to communicate effectively is an essential life skill for our children to master. Parents are central to helping children develop their communication skills, from a young age right through adolescence. 

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys

Discussing risks and consequences with your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

It is natural for boys to test boundaries and they do so across all developmental stages. When they are young, they don’t always understand the potential for negative outcomes or consequences, especially when they get swept up in the moment, driven by adrenaline and encouraged by their friends.

Discussing risks and consequences with your son is something you will need to do on a regular basis – from the early years when he may test his physical capabilities – to the teenage years when he will explore his independence. Unmanaged risk-taking can lead to dangerous behaviours including binge drinking, smoking, drug taking, aggressive driving and aggressive behaviour.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Trinity difference, Risks, Raising boys, Adolescence, Risk-taking, Pastoral care

Teaching your son to think of others

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Teaching your son to think of others can be a daunting task. Teenagers can be very self-focused. They have a lot on their minds, including social status, relationships, puberty, assessments, examinations and friends.

Learning to think of others, rather than himself, can have a profound impact on your son’s life and relationships. Key to this is having healthy relationships that are built on respect, trust and empathy – the ability to understand and feel the emotions of others.

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

8 Tips on how to encourage a love of reading in your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM

International Literacy Day is a major annual event for literacy advocacy held on 8 September since 1946. This year’s theme is titled: 'Literacy in a Digital World.’ Reading provides the cornerstone for a good education and research has found that it stimulates the brain, improves memory and concentration, and reduces stress. In addition, reading develops knowledge, vocabulary, critical thinking, and greatly enhances your son’s capacity for creative thinking.

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Topics: Literacy, Parenting tips, Kindergarten at Trinity, Early years, Improve learning, Boys and literacy, Early learning