The impact a good teacher has on a student should not be underestimated. An effective teacher does more than just help a student succeed in their learning for a particular subject or school year – they can also have a life-long impact and can set a student up for success in the long term. Here’s our list of what makes a good teacher:
By Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School
The start of a new school year presents the opportunity for reflection and new beginnings. My particular welcome to those students, parents and staff who are new to the School this year. My hope and prayer is that your time with us will be challenging, rewarding, encouraging and positive.
John Allen, Master of the Middle School
While most of us think a teacher’s role is simply to share knowledge and to help students learn, the reality is that a teacher is so much more to his or her students. Teachers set the tone in the classroom – they must be carer, mentor, disciplinarian, role model, crowd controller, nurse and confidant. They must walk the fine line between providing praise for a job well done, and spurring students on to reach their full potential.
By Bradley Barr, Deputy Head Master – Students
The Head Master at Trinity Grammar School was often wont to say that Trinity was a boys’ school by choice and not by chance. It was not an accident of history. Successive Head Masters believed that there was value in providing a choice to educate children in a single sex school and the School continues to hold the view today.
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.
As another school year begins, students and staff welcome new Trinity Grammar School Head Master, Mr Tim Bowden. Mr Bowden has spent the first weeks of the new school year addressing staff and students at all campuses and attending a Commissioning Service at the School’s Chapel, officiated by the Archbishop.
In his message to the Trinity community Mr Bowden said:
“I would like to thank the members of the Trinity Grammar School community for the warmth of the welcome that my family and I have received. I have been astounded by the affection that so many Trinitarians – past and present – have for their school; since the announcement of my appointment, we have been approached by dozens of people, connected in some way to the School, expressing their support for us in this new chapter.
By Alison Boyd-Boland, Dean of English
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine” – Emily Dickinson.
Emily Dickinson’s comment captures what is at the heart of the study of English and literature – a recognition of the power of the written word to convey meaning, to transport us to other times and places, and to inspire and extend our thinking.
It cannot be denied that teaching is a rewarding yet challenging career. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.
At Trinity, our teachers are passionate, engaging and committed to their profession. As parents we don’t often get an insight into the vast and varied tasks that teachers undertake behind the scenes. It is easy to forget that the fun and engaging activities that our children enjoy in the classroom are the result of planning, lifelong learning, and experience that is juggled with many administrative tasks.
So, what are the main challenges facing teachers today?
Teachers play a significant role in your son’s life. Your son spends almost half his waking hours with his teachers. They fulfil many roles including educator, motivator, role model, care giver, mentor and much more.
School educators can give you another perspective on your son’s mental, physical, social and emotional health and they can have a huge impact on his success at school and beyond.