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

Pastoral care at Trinity

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Oct 30, 2017 6:00:00 AM

At Trinity, your son will experience a wealth of opportunities, allowing him to discover and develop his innate talents, skills and aspirations through the School’s extensive range of exceptional educational programmes.

One of Sydney's leading schools, Trinity prides itself on consistently having students in the top one per cent of the state, with many students graduating with University scholarships to leading institutions around the world. Our varied and engaging teaching methods incorporate authenticity and real-world learning. This ensures every Trinity boy is challenged, inspired and guided to become a successful, compassionate, internationally-minded man.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Education, 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

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

9 Ways to strengthen your father-son bond

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM

From time to time, it’s important to take stock and look closely at the relationships you have with your children. The father-son bond in particular, is one that changes throughout your son’s physical and mental development, but the one constant, essential for a healthy father and son relationship, is spending ‘quality time’ together.

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

How Trinity's Arthur Holt Library is enriching the student experience

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM

With Literacy and Numeracy Week just around the corner (4 to 10 September 2017) we look at Trinity Grammar School’s Arthur Holt Library and how it inspires lifelong learning and a love of reading. Delivering collections and innovative programmes that celebrate text, promote literacy, and support teaching and learning, the cutting-edge Library has a three-pronged approach to enriching the student experience.

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

Learning to deal with pressure

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

Exams, assessments, social status and game day. These are some of the many things your son may feel ‘stressed’ about during his schooling years.

Stress is the feeling we have when we are under pressure. This could be the pressure your son may feel to succeed, to achieve great results or to be included or accepted by his peers.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Pastoral care, Improve learning, Mental health

Ensuring your son establishes healthy friendships with girls

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jul 31, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Friendships are important to help children develop social skills and give them a sense of belonging and wellbeing. While they are very young, children tend not to distinguish between boys and girls and enjoy socialising with both. As they develop however, children learn that boys and girls are different and they generally start to gravitate towards children of the same gender. With the onset of puberty things change again and adolescents take an interest in the opposite sex once more.

This can be a scary time for parents, but it needn’t be. Contrary to what we read in the media, boys can have platonic relationships with girls. In fact, we should encourage it from an early age when the highly charged aspects of a romantic relationship are not in play. The ability to have healthy friendships with girls will be key to your son maintaining respectful romantic relationships later in life.

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