The Trinity Field Studies experience is quite unique. It is an opportunity we would not get to be part of anywhere else. It is a valuable experience for everyone who takes part in the Field Studies programme. There is a lot to learn and new things to try for all. There is much to say about my time spent at Field Studies, I had my fair share of challenges and highlights like everybody. There was also much fun to be had during our four-week stay.
In today’s technology-based world children can become heavily exposed to digital technology. Research shows that the more time that children spend interacting with technology, the less time they spend outdoors. It is thought that children today spend just 10 percent of their time outdoors, compared to their parents who spent at least 40 percent of their time outside. The implications of reduced outdoor exposure can be significant, especially in terms of health and wellbeing. The mental health benefits of outdoor education are particularly meaningful.
By Mr Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School
As a Christian school, Trinity understands that the essence of leadership is service. Therefore, in aspiring to lead, we are aspiring to serve. Service is not always convenient, it is not always acknowledged, and it is not always enjoyable. Leadership requires us to do what is right, not what is popular, and to stand up when it would be more comfortable to stand back. Leadership roles require us to sacrifice time and to shoulder additional work. Nonetheless, service is honourable, and I am pleased that many of our young men indicate their willingness to serve in this way.
Boys can be a puzzle for parents, particularly mothers. As we strive to remain connected with our adolescent sons, it can be difficult to understand why this can sometimes be a battle. According to psychologist and author, Steve Biddulph, boys experience three developmental phases of boyhood that are key to understanding and raising boys:
In 2016, Deakin University researchers used a study which followed 2,000 Melbourne high school students from Year 7 to Year 9 to establish how parenting style influences the development of alcohol and cannabis use among teenagers.
The facts about teenage boys and drugs:
- 76 percent of Australian-born teenagers consumed alcohol in Year 9, compared with 48 percent of teenagers who spoke a language other than English at home or were born overseas.
- 10 percent of Australian-born students had used cannabis, while only four percent of migrants had.
- Researcher Matin Minaie found that after controlling for other risk factors, parenting behaviours had a significant influence on whether teenagers drank alcohol or used marijuana by the time they were 15. Strong family management, regardless of cultural background, was a protective factor against alcohol and drug use.
Parental guidance is vital to a child’s development. During the formative years, we often say ‘no’ to our children to keep them safe and teach them about relationships and respect for others. For example, we tell them not to touch a hot stove top, not to hurt others, or not to cross a road unaided. As children mature into teens, clear boundaries help them to develop emotionally and build resilience.
By Daniel Jones, Year 3, Junior School
Growing up anywhere brings its problems, and I know that children in many other countries face problems that I couldn’t even imagine. So I’m going to be honest here … I don’t really worry about much. Let’s face it, I’m a nine year old boy … one of my biggest concerns is ‘What did mum pack in my lunch box?’
Any boy can rise to a challenge. If your son views the challenge as something to overcome and conquer, rather than a setback, he is more likely to develop resourcefulness and resilience. Some boys may find that the uncertainty and difficulties of adolescence will affect their motivation and approach to challenges – this can mean that they do not relish the opportunity to prove themselves. Defeating a challenge will not only help your son to grow in character but will help to gain motivation for the next challenge he will inevitably face.
Here are six tips for encouraging boys to embrace challenges:
It is natural for boys to test boundaries and they do so across all developmental stages. When they are young, they don’t always understand the potential for negative outcomes or consequences, especially when they get swept up in the moment, driven by adrenaline and encouraged by their friends.
Discussing risks and consequences with your son is something you will need to do on a regular basis – from the early years when he may test his physical capabilities – to the teenage years when he will explore his independence. Unmanaged risk-taking can lead to dangerous behaviours including binge drinking, smoking, drug taking, aggressive driving and aggressive behaviour.
While trying new things can often be exciting and surprising, it may conjure up feelings of fear and dread for some boys depending on their temperament and personality.
This is understandable, given new experiences move us out of our comfort zone. They can be challenging and often require a level of bravery.
Trying new things opens our eyes to the world. Stepping out of our comfort zone can opens doors to opportunities and can lead to a great sense of achievement and enjoyment.
Here are our eight top tips for encouraging your son to try new things: