Education Matters

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

Trinity is spearheading head injury management in schools

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Mar 10, 2018 6:00:00 AM

In an Australian first for schools, Trinity is spearheading head injury management in schools with a system that is usually reserved for professional sporting teams, ensuring that the School is at the forefront of world-best practice in relation to head injury management.

Designed in New Zealand, CSx Headguard is an automated system to manage concussion in athletes and safely return them to play. Currently being used by the AFL, NRL, and World Rugby, it is the first time the programme has been implemented by a school in this country.

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Topics: All boys education, Physical education, Sport and boys, Pastoral care

5 practices to help your son think positively

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Mar 8, 2018 6:00:00 AM

“You are what you think.”

How does negativity affect your son’s health and wellbeing? We all have private conversations with ourselves. It is those conversations that neuroscientists have discovered are naturally more negative than positive, with children’s inner voices being particularly negative, usually driven by doubt, fear, and shame.

Have you ever heard your son ask questions like, “Do you think Steve likes me?” In his head, it’s likely to materialise into “Does Steve like me? Of course he doesn’t. I’m not cool enough.” It’s these negative thoughts that are likely to be repeated over and over.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Education

3 reasons why saying no to your teen is important

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Feb 8, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Parental guidance is vital to a child’s development. During the formative years, we often say ‘no’ to our children to keep them safe and teach them about relationships and respect for others. For example, we tell them not to touch a hot stove top, not to hurt others, or not to cross a road unaided. As children mature into teens, clear boundaries help them to develop emotionally and build resilience.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Raising boys, Adolescence, Risk-taking, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Mental health

9 tips for how to promote positive friendships for boys

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 24, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Think about this: ‘Do you worry about your son more as a young adolescent than you did when he was a newborn baby?’ Research has revealed it is certainly the case for many parents in Britain, where seven-in-ten parents worry about the decisions their teenager makes. Much of this angst stems from the friendship choices our children make and a desire to see our children build positive, healthy and supportive friendships that will sustain them into adulthood.

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

4 ways to support your son through adolescence

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 29, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Adolescence is a tumultuous time for boys and a period of rapid change. As parents, we can recognise it is the beginning of what can be an awkward and confusing time. Adolescence is also a time when boys will develop life skills they will carry into their adult lives.

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

The amazing reality of Christmas

Posted by The Reverend Greg Webster on Dec 22, 2017 6:00:00 AM

By Greg Webster, Trinity Grammar School Chaplain

It's 1:30pm Wednesday – any Wednesday. It’s lunchtime and you're standing in the line at the cafeteria. It's a time for quiet reflection. None of your friends are around so there is no one to talk to. As you quietly contemplate the deep philosophical matters of your last English class, you notice the student in front of you in the line.

He's been running around on number two oval. The sweat is dripping off him, his shirt is wet and stuck to his back. You think quietly to yourself that this is not the greatest human specimen you've ever seen.

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Topics: Raising boys, Pastoral care, Christianity, Religious education

4 tips for encouraging your son to be independent

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

Safety is always at the forefront of our mind when it comes to our children. Our natural response is to protect our children from harm, but we have to be careful not to overprotect them. It is important that children gain increasing levels of independence in order to lead fulfilling adult lives. Encouraging a small level of independence from a young age, and recognising when to increase this level of independence is vital for your son to develop necessary life skills.

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

Are you listening? 4 ways to really get to know your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

In this ever-increasing digital age, some of us are guilty of having closer relationships with our devices rather than those we love most. A quick check of what’s new on Instagram or your latest WhatsApp thread, can result in many minutes – even hours – absorbed in meaningless online browsing.

With so much happening in the digital world, are you really present; listening and contemplating the thoughts and feelings of those around you?

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Fathering, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Mental health