The role of extra-curricular activities is predominantly to help boys develop into well-rounded individuals. At Trinity Grammar School, we refer to ‘co-curricular’ rather than ‘extra-curricular’ activities, as we believe they are paramount to an education in mind, body and spirit and run alongside the curriculum as a vital support to it, rather than be considered ‘extra’. The reasons why boys should be involved in extra-curricular activities are many and participation should be encouraged, yet finding a healthy balance is crucial because there is the a risk of overscheduling children. Nevertheless, boys who participate in a range of co-curricular activities can develop many skills that will help them to flourish, including:
A number of researchers have raised concerns about the steady decline of time spent participating in physical activity at some schools. One particular concern is that removing or reducing physical activity in school may be detrimental to a child’s physical health, as well as their academic performance.
By Tim Bowden, Head Master
Sport takes on different significance in different schools, and in the perspectives of different stakeholders. Sport can be an expression of the prestige of the school, through the quality of the facilities and the kit of the participants. Sport can be a proxy for the success of the school, whereby winning a sporting competition indicates that a school is superior to its competitors on a broader front. Sport can be a channel for the expression of school spirit, where the crowd of cheering supporters identify with something bigger than themselves. Sport can be an avenue to future careers for the elite, providing support and opening doors for glittering success in the years to come.
What happens on the sporting field doesn’t just stay on the sporting field. Through sport, boys are exposed to a variety of lessons that can be applied to everyday life and which will help your son to flourish. We’ve put together a list of five lessons learned through sport.
By Ben Tuxford | Director of Swimming
The 88th CAS Swimming Championships were held recently at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Our swim team of around 50 boys from ages 11 to 18, had been preparing for this event since being defeated by Knox in 2018, as we knew wholeheartedly that they would again be our main rivals on the night to take home the coveted Thyne Challenge Shield. From our prior calculations, we knew it was going to be a very close point score. To bring the Shield home for the 24th time, our boys were forced to compete at their very best for each point on offer, as there would be no easy races to win.
Trinity students are encouraged to hit others first, run with sharp objects, always start the fight and generally do everything their parents have told them not to do … but only if they are on the fencing team, and only when they are in training or competing in a bout of fencing!
By Tim Bowden, Head Master Trinity Grammar School
In recent weeks the Commonwealth Games have been rolling on in the background of my family’s consciousness. I must admit that we haven’t paid very much attention, being vaguely aware that Australia continues to dominate in the swimming and that, overall, people seem to be having a good time. However, we did make a big effort to be in front of the screen with Trinity Grammar School Old Boy, Rohan Browning (Class of 2015) competing on the athletics track.
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.
In Trinity news this week, Year 10 student Sam Fricker, who is a rising star in the diving world, recently competed with the Australian Diving Team in the 23rd FINA International Grand Prix in Rostock, Germany, finishing a commendable 18th for the 10-metre platform event.
Coach Vyninka Arlow, 1998 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner and veteran of two Olympic and two Commonwealth Games, said Sam is the hardest working athlete she has ever coached and that is why he has gained Australian team selection so quickly. “The Rostock competition was an extremely high-level competition and it was a fantastic experience for Sam to learn from, and gave him a chance to really be a part of the diving world,” commented Vyninka.
Some boys discover a passion and love for a sport at a young age and can’t be held back; they pursue it with everything they have and demonstrate a true dedication to the sport. However, even these boys will have days when it doesn’t seem worth the effort. Other boys might love a good game of rugby or footy but are easily discouraged and doubt their ability. A good coach will help athletes stick at their chosen sport and improve their skills, but a great coach will inspire boys to develop physically and emotionally, as well as encouraging a love of sport and teaching life skills that can be applied off the field.
Here are five ways a coach can inspire boys: