Photography is something many children enjoy. Not only is it a great way to explore the world, but it’s fun, creative and can be a valuable bonding experience between you and your son. Teaching children photography doesn’t have to be hard. A few straightforward techniques are all it takes to be able to flourish behind the camera. We uncover some simple photography tips for kids.
When Year 4 Junior School student William Saunders started learning Mandarin in Kindergarten at Trinity Grammar School in Sydney, he could never have dreamed of the journey he would take, and the path to inspiration that would follow.
Whether your son has a natural flair for the Arts, enjoys a challenging maths equation or is a computer whiz – the visual arts are for everyone. Studies have proven that the benefits of visual arts are endless, and the good news is, you needn’t aspire to be an artist or musician to enjoy this diverse and all-encompassing field.
Pioneering studies released in the 21st century have found there is a robust connection between learning spaces and learning outcomes. A Harvard study that examined the foundations for student success, discovered that environmental exposures in school buildings can impact student health, thinking and performance. Strategic use of space can positively impact the education journey – both teachers and students feel inspired to achieve excellence.
Trinity Grammar School provides boys with the opportunity to learn broadcasting and production techniques, in addition to other behind the scenes creative arts courses. For some boys, this is a great alternative to being in the spotlight. These opportunities allow them to work behind the scenes making videos or helping to stage school productions with lighting, filming and sound. Courses such as these are essential to raising well-rounded boys, building their self-confidence and further enhancing their connectedness to the School.
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:
Photography demands exploration and experimentation, and inspires creativity. It allows us to document historical and important moments in time, capture our own personal journey through life, or simply create art. It’s also known to be therapeutic and have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. Photography allows the opportunity to focus the mind and encourages the innate awareness of surroundings, promoting mindfulness and reducing stress. Perhaps the most significant benefit of photography is that it forces the photographer to view the world from a different perspective. It can reveal beauty simply by macro focusing on detail otherwise inaccessible to the eye; it can showcase juxtaposition; and it allows us to witness social and cultural differences.
With the ubiquitous nature of technology, it is clear that we live in a visual age. Central to this is a visual arts education. Although the practical skills taught in visual arts aren’t typically measured with tests or exams, these qualities are relevant and applicable in the workforce. As Elliot Eisner, Professor Emeritus of Child Education at Stanford University says, “We want our children to have basic skills. But they will also need sophisticated cognition, and they can learn that through the visual arts.”
Trinity Grammar School provides an extensive range of co-curricular activities for your son to discover and develop his skills and God-given talents. These programmes include activities aimed at developing important skills in leadership, communication, performance, creativity, decision-making and teamwork. From dramatic and creative arts to music and sport, co-curricular activities are essential to raising well-rounded boys, building their self-confidence and further enhancing their connectedness to the School.
The creation of art in its various forms is an effective way to stimulate the brain. Research from the University of Sydney and the Australian Council for the Arts demonstrates that involvement in the arts offers wide-ranging benefits for young people – not just in the classroom, but also in life. Students who participate in the arts have higher levels of motivation at school and improved engagement, self-esteem and life satisfaction. It is also recognised that the arts can enhance academic performance.