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Why education should extend beyond the classroom walls for early learners

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 18, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Why education should extend beyond the classroom walls for early learnersWe all want our children to be passionate, curious and motivated to learn about the world around them. So how do we provide them with the opportunities they need to encourage this inside and outside of the classroom?

At Trinity Grammar School, we believe that your son’s education should extend beyond the classroom walls. Co-curricular activities are essential to growing well-rounded boys who are confident, passionate, curious and motivated to learn.

Research shows that co-curricular activities play a vital role in developing higher academic results; diversifying talents and knowledge; assisting your son in building stronger relationships with his peers; and further enhancing your son’s connection to his school.

Trinity provides an extensive range of co-curricular activities that will help your son to discover his talents and develop a passion for learning. Below we highlight four of our stimulating co-curricular activities for early learners.

1. Music
Trinity’s Music Department has one of the most dynamic and impressive performance programmes in both New South Wales and Australia. Both the Junior and Preparatory Schools offer individual instrumental tuition so that every boy can be challenged and inspired by music from around the world. In addition to this, both Schools have their own music ensembles, including a Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Mozart Strings and Rock Band.

Research shows that exposure to music in the early years, helps in the development of language and reasoning skills, spatial intelligence and creative thinking. It opens the participant’s mind to other cultures and teaches the value of sustained effort to achieve results.

2. Cubs
Trinity’s Cub Scout programme is for boys aged 7.5 to 10.5 years. The objective is to provide a group environment which is intellectually stimulating, physically vital and directed towards satisfying the basic need to face and overcome challenges.

Cub Scout’s learn about basic bushcraft and how to react to emergencies. They learn new skills through fun and games, which are carefully devised to encourage teamwork, sharing and helping others to do their best. Through adventure-based activities, Cub Scouts learn the first steps in co-operation and taking responsibility for themselves and others. Activities such as rock-climbing, abseiling, camping, bushwalking and canoeing are all introduced at an age-appropriate level.

The benefits of Cub Scouts are endless, with children learning life skills such as independent thinking, leadership and problem solving, social interaction and above all, responsibility.

3. Chess Club 
Chess Club offers boys the opportunity to learn the game while having fun with their peers. They make tactical decisions, plan ahead, evaluate their options and use logic to play successfully.

With behavioural and cognitive benefits, a growing body of research shows that chess improves a child’s thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as their mathematics and reading ability. Studies by Dianne Horgan, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Counselling, Educational Psychology, and Research at the University of Memphis, found that chess improves a child's visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability.

4. Computer Club 
Computer Club gives students the opportunity to use technology in new and exciting ways. They spend time with like-minded individuals with a passion for technology, and learn the ins-and-outs of programmes that will inspire them.

We are in the midst of a digital revolution with technology changing the way we live. Analysis by PwC shows that 44 percent of current Australian jobs are at risk of being affected by computerisation and technology over the next 20 years. In order to address this change, we need to prepare our children for the future by giving them the tools and skills they need to succeed in a digital world.

At Trinity, we believe that co-curricular activities are vital for developing your son’s mind, body and spirit. If you would like to learn more about the Trinity difference and our full range of co-curricular activities, download our Co-Curricular ebook.

Trinity's Co-curricular booklet download

Topics: Music, Trinity difference, Early years, Improve learning, Co-curricular activities, Early learning, Junior School