Education Matters

How do you raise boys to become good men?

Posted by Bradley Barr on May 18, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, All boys education, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Diversity

Why it’s important to consider more than academics when choosing a school

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Pastoral care, Education

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

How to tell if your child is too sick for school

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 9, 2018 6:00:00 AM

For the most part, parents will instinctively know when their child is too sick for school. But there are always grey areas and scenarios which may cause you to question your judgement.

In the first instance, parents need to consider if their child could be contagious. You will also need to ensure he is well enough to participate in a full day of school activities and that a teacher will be able to provide the care he requires without impacting the rest of the class. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to tell if your child is too sick for school.

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

5 Tips for fostering the creative spirit in your son

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

Creativity is billed to be the third most valuable skill in the workforce in the next two years, according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs report.

Why is it important for children to be creative? With rapid advancements in technology, artificial intelligence and automation, the next generation will need to be creative and adaptable with proven problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Creativity no longer belongs in the realm of the creative arts, it is a necessary skill for all aspects of learning and will be a workforce requirement in all manner of industry.

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Topics: Parenting tips, All boys education, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Creative empowerment, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Creative arts

Why it's important for your child to read fiction books

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 23, 2018 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Literacy, Trinity difference, Reading, Academic excellence, Pastoral care, Improve learning, Libraries, Boys learning, Boys and literacy, Education

7 Activities for encouraging boys to be mindful

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

‘Mindfulness’ is a concept that is becoming increasingly popular particularly with educators and employers.

Mindfulness, the act of maintaining a present moment of awareness through means such as meditation, breathing or relaxation, is certainly not a new psychological phenomenon.

It has, however, been given a lot of weight by schools that are focused more than ever on health, wellbeing and educating ‘the whole student’. For Christians, mindfulness also allows us to better use our space and time to be quiet in the presence of God in prayer.

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

5 Negative impacts of over scheduling children

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 3, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Suniya Luthar, a psychology professor at Columbia University, has done extensive studies on the role of extracurricular activities in children’s lives. She says, “It’s good for kids to be scheduled. It’s good for them to have musical activities, sports or other things organised and supervised by an adult.” Outside activities make a child well-rounded. Not to mention it provides them with skills such as playing music or speaking another language which have been shown to improve learning in general. Sporting activities can help to keep children healthy both physically and mentally.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Co-curricular activities, Mental health