There are times when the Trinity AFL team resembles a symphony orchestra, and there are times when it sounds more like a jazz ‘jam-session’. Recently, at Tramway Oval, the First XVIII started like an orchestra. The composer (Coach) had done his work placing every note in its correct place, and clearly marking how each movement leads to the next.
By Trinity Year 9 student James Browning
There aren’t many schools that give Year 9 boys the experience of spending a month away from home to take on new challenges and learn to push past adversity.
Recently, I spent a month at the Trinity Field Studies Centre at Woollamia. Four weeks like no other, where I was able to challenge myself, make new friends and learn more about who I am.
At Trinity Grammar School we aim to educate boys in mind, body and spirit with the focus being on academic education. Sport however, is not simply an adjunct to each boy’s education, but an integral part of it. Sport assists boys to develop important attributes of their character, and fosters respectful relationships and integrity.
Trinity Grammar School recently piloted a programme that saw 80 Year 8 students participate in a Dance Enrichment Programme that covered African Drumming, and Hip-Hop, Pop and Break Dancing. Designed to get the boys engaged with physical exercise, Activities Master Lachlan White said, “Rather than ask why dance should play a role in an all-boys school, we asked ourselves why it shouldn’t. There’s so much more to it than simply having fun – there are many health and wellbeing paybacks as well.”
Undeniably, sport is an important part of primary school life. There have been many studies that outline the importance of sport, each with their own conclusions, however they all share common themes about why sport is important for school-aged children. Sport helps children to develop physically, socially and mentally, enabling them to better cope with the demands of school life, by:
We all know that participating in sport leads to improved health outcomes, but did you know that sport can also enhance the personal and social skills that form the basis of healthy, respectful relationships? A meaningful sport programme in school should be inclusive and value diversity. Collaborating with a range of different people, celebrating success and dealing with disappointment can help students form their moral behaviour and develop character.
Trinity Grammar School aims to develop young men through a thoroughly holistic approach to education. A boy’s school life should include a range of opportunities to enhance the mind, body and spirit. The chance to learn and develop through involvement in sport is a compulsory feature of each Trinity boy’s education.
In his book Spark, Dr John Ratey explains that the human brain is like a muscle – it grows with exercise. He also claims that exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells and enhances the function of our brains, making them work more efficiently.
It makes sense then that active participation in learning experiences can have a positive affect on a student’s academic performance.