Parents will undoubtedly have a general understanding of the term ‘pastoral care’. Broadly, pastoral care is known as spiritual and emotional support that aids student wellbeing. It is something that many schools place significant emphasis on and there is a good reason why pastoral care is important in schools. At Trinity, our pastoral care system is central to everything we do and is essential to our mind, body and spirit education philosophy.
Schools need community feedback in order to ensure future success. Education at Trinity Gramma School is about more than academic achievement – our vision is to help boys grow in mind, body and spirit. This vision relies on collaboration and purposeful relationships. When parents and the wider community engage and collaborate, it enhances the school as a whole. This is at the heart of why community consultation is important and critical to success of the school.
Pastoral care is defined as “the provisions made to advise students about personal wellbeing and their moral and ethical concerns.” At Trinity, this means that your son will be known, cared for and guided to grow in mind, body and spirit. Our pastoral care system is central to everything we do. When we consider the question, ‘What is pastoral care?’, it’s helpful to look at how schools care for their students.
http://info.trinity.nsw.edu.au/blog/trinity-da-vinci-decathletes-put-to-the-testBy Lisa Gossling, Head of Gifted and Talented Education
‘Challenge’, ‘curiosity’ and ‘choice’ are three aspects of learning that are essential to successfully engaging students in their learning – this is especially true for gifted or talented students, which are referred to as High Potential Learners (HPL) at Trinity. We focus on providing our boys with opportunities to collaborate on a regular basis with like-minded peers, with shared passions and interests. We provide flexible grouping options that honour student voice and allow them to be challenged in their thinking. Boys engage in learning at a level where pace, depth and complexity are tailored to individual need. Stanley and Benbow (1983) specify the importance of these by stating that: “The pace of learning and the depth and complexity of study in the context of strong academic programmes are critical aspects for students to have consistent learning gains.”
Today’s young people experience ever-increasing levels of pressure. The desire to fit in, make friends, excel at school and study, or simply manage the many expectations of their teachers, coaches, parents and friends can all impact on a boy’s health and wellbeing.
Stress, anxiety and depression can overwhelm some teenagers as they progress through adolescence. Be vigilant in looking out for these five signs that suggest your son is not coping with stress.
In the midst of all the demands that school makes on young people, it is often difficult for them to see past Year 12, let alone make decisions about what to do after school and plan how to get there.
While some young people have a clear career path in mind and find the process of choosing a first career exciting and empowering, for many young people, it can be difficult to take a step back and look at the options objectively. Making the best career choices requires:
- Self-awareness and knowledge of personal strengths and preferences
- an understanding of what different occupations encompass.
Each term, the Trinity Grammar School Life Skills programme focuses on a different aspect of wellbeing and forms an integral part of the Personal Development curriculum in each grade from Kindergarten to Year 6. The focus for each term changes, and over the course of the year Trinity boys will learn about:
Not so long ago, schools delivered curriculums in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Many students struggled to grasp what their teachers expected of them. Others, perhaps even smarter than their masters, marked time without being extended, not reaching their full potential. Sadly, for these students, there was little to support their individual needs.
Fortunately, educational research has informed Trinity’s decision making over the last decade or so, to see value in providing quality support for those boys who, for a variety of reasons, may need it.
Trinity Education Support Services (TESS) is a department offering a wide range of support for our boys, including those with physical disabilities or learning difficulties to those who are gifted or whose first language is not English. Boys who need social and emotional support are also well catered for under the TESS umbrella.