Having regular breaks and holidays from school is very important for students, they need a rest just like everyone else. They provide an opportunity to unwind, reflect and recharge in preparation for the next term. Juggling classes, school work, co-curricular activites, hobbies, homework, socialising and everything else can be very taxing on boys in today’s world. Breaks give boys the opportunity to follow a much less demanding schedule so they can sleep in, play, relax and catch up.
Transitioning from a carefree and fun school holiday break to a routine-based school year can be a significant adjustment for your son and family. It is important that you get your son excited about going back to school, so that he looks forward to the year ahead with positivity and motivation.
School holidays present an opportunity to spend quality one-on-one time with your son, though keeping him from getting too bored can be a challenge. Some boredom can promote creativity, but if you’re struggling to keep him occupied, we have some ideas to help your son get creative, investigate and continue learning.
Sometimes without even realising it, we fall into a routine or habit that is either difficult to maintain or simply not good for us. When it comes to our children, habits and expectations can be set very quickly and can be tricky to change. For example if you buy an ice-cream for your son after their swimming lesson a couple of weeks in a row, he may come to expect it every week.
With the holidays, comes a break from the everyday routine, a change of environment, and often a change in attitude. Fortunately, school holidays provide the perfect environment to make changes to the way you do things with your son.
Religion in schools sometimes gets a bad rap, and from time to time faith in schools comes under scrutiny. When the 2016 Census data was released earlier this year, one of the findings to capture media attention was that nearly a third of Australians (30 percent) report having no religion. Christianity certainly remains the most common religion (52 percent), but it has been in decline since the late 1960s. Yet, enrolment in faith-based schools remains steady, so what role does faith play in a contemporary school setting?
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.
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.
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.
Summer school holidays can be a time for your family to rest and recuperate after a hectic year. They also allow you to spend quality time with your family and friends away from the hustle and bustle of the school term.
Sydney is a remarkable place, full of great nature, events, food and culture. There are a myriad of activities available to keep your children entertained without punishing your wallet.
Strengthening the relationship between your children can be the key to harmony within your home. It’s common and normal for siblings to argue, but there are a range of techniques parents can adopt to encourage siblings to build positive relationships early on and to celebrate each child’s individualism.
Try these four ways to foster positive sibling relationships amongst your children: