Education Matters

Head Master: Leadership opportunities at Trinity

Posted by Tim Bowden on Jul 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Mr Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School

As a Christian school, Trinity understands that the essence of leadership is service. Therefore, in aspiring to lead, we are aspiring to serve. Service is not always convenient, it is not always acknowledged, and it is not always enjoyable. Leadership requires us to do what is right, not what is popular, and to stand up when it would be more comfortable to stand back. Leadership roles require us to sacrifice time and to shoulder additional work. Nonetheless, service is honourable, and I am pleased that many of our young men indicate their willingness to serve in this way.

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Topics: Leadership, Trinity difference, Risk-taking

The key to understanding and raising boys

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 4, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Boys can be a puzzle for parents, particularly mothers. As we strive to remain connected with our adolescent sons, it can be difficult to understand why this can sometimes be a battle. According to psychologist and author, Steve Biddulph, boys experience three developmental phases of boyhood that are key to understanding and raising boys:

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Topics: Raising boys, Parenting tips, Fathering, Risk-taking

The facts about teenage boys and drugs

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

In 2016, Deakin University researchers used a study which followed 2,000 Melbourne high school students from Year 7 to Year 9 to establish how parenting style influences the development of alcohol and cannabis use among teenagers.

The facts about teenage boys and drugs:

  • 76 percent of Australian-born teenagers consumed alcohol in Year 9, compared with 48 percent of teenagers who spoke a language other than English at home or were born overseas.
  • 10 percent of Australian-born students had used cannabis, while only four percent of migrants had.
  • Researcher Matin Minaie found that after controlling for other risk factors, parenting behaviours had a significant influence on whether teenagers drank alcohol or used marijuana by the time they were 15. Strong family management, regardless of cultural background, was a protective factor against alcohol and drug use.
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Topics: Trinity difference, All boys education, Risk-taking, Raising boys

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

Student story: A typical day in my life

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 22, 2017 6:00:00 AM

By Daniel Jones, Year 3, Junior School

Growing up anywhere brings its problems, and I know that children in many other countries face problems that I couldn’t even imagine. So I’m going to be honest here … I don’t really worry about much. Let’s face it, I’m a nine year old boy … one of my biggest concerns is ‘What did mum pack in my lunch box?’

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Topics: Students, Boys' education, Education, Junior School, Risk-taking, Trinity difference

Six tips for encouraging boys to embrace challenges

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

Any boy can rise to a challenge. If your son views the challenge as something to overcome and conquer, rather than a setback, he is more likely to develop resourcefulness and resilience. Some boys may find that the uncertainty and difficulties of adolescence will affect their motivation and approach to challenges – this can mean that they do not relish the opportunity to prove themselves. Defeating a challenge will not only help your son to grow in character but will help to gain motivation for the next challenge he will inevitably face.

Here are six tips for encouraging boys to embrace challenges:

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Topics: Adolescence, All boys education, Parenting tips, Raising boys, Risk-taking, Fathering, Boys learning

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: Adolescence, Parenting tips, Pastoral care, Risk-taking, Risks, Raising boys, Fathering, Trinity difference

Encouraging your son to try new things

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 19, 2017 6:00:00 AM

While trying new things can often be exciting and surprising, it may conjure up feelings of fear and dread for some boys depending on their temperament and personality.

This is understandable, given new experiences move us out of our comfort zone. They can be challenging and often require a level of bravery.

Trying new things opens our eyes to the world. Stepping out of our comfort zone can opens doors to opportunities and can lead to a great sense of achievement and enjoyment.

Here are our eight top tips for encouraging your son to try new things:

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Topics: Fathering, Parenting tips, Pastoral care, Raising boys, Risk-taking

The importance of family support

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM
“Families are society’s most important building block. Strong families equate to strong communities because they embody caring for others, connectedness with people, and providing hope, support and comfort,” Dr Brain Babington, CEO of Families Australia.

International Day of Families coincides with the beginning of National Families Week. It is a time to celebrate family, show appreciation for their love and support, and share in the enjoyment of your favourite family activities.

Here we look at the importance of family support and seven ways that it shapes your child’s life.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Adolescence, Boys learning, Early learning, Early years, Mental health, Raising boys, Risk-taking, Trinity difference, Fathering

How participation in sport is encouraged at Trinity

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 21, 2017 6:00:00 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.

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Topics: All boys education, Boys and movement, Boys learning, Boys' education, Co-curricular activities, Physical education, Risk-taking, Sport and boys, Trinity difference