As a student, exposure to a diverse range of religions is important, as it allows us to gain a wider knowledge of these religions, and it also teaches us to empathise and understand other perspectives.
By Christian Ciarroni, Year 6
Year 6 Trinity Grammar Junior School students are encouraged to take a world view in exploring some of society’s biggest issues. Boys explored a wide variety of topics from environmental and cultural, to technology and health; researching, interviewing, surveying and being mentored to prepare exhibitions about their chosen subject.
I have had the privilege to be part of fifteen PYP Exhibitions across my career and had the opportunity to visit countless others. Whilst I am clearly biased, I feel very confident in claiming that this year’s recent PYP Exhibition left the others in its wake. The depth of the students’ conceptual understanding, the sophistication of their presentations, the quality of their writing and compositions, and their conviction to bring about informed change was simply remarkable. The last eight weeks have been an intense but rewarding learning journey for our students. They have been pushed beyond their comfort zones and they have risen to the challenge.
During the primary years, Trinity adopts the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), which aims to develop students who are internationally minded. Year 6 students are encouraged to consider a variety of perspectives in exploring some of our society’s biggest issues through the PYP Exhibition. This collaborative experience between students, teachers, the school and wider community is designed to celebrate the transition of learners from primary school into secondary school. The PYP Exhibition is an opportunity for each Year 6 boy to demonstrate the way he has grown as a learner throughout his time in primary school.
HSC exams can be a stressful time for students. Boys are experiencing an increased workload, extra pressure to succeed and the anticipation of receiving results, not to mention the implications. The homework and study demands can be overwhelming for some students.
In order for boys to thrive in their academic journey, education cannot be limited to what takes place at school. Homework and study are required to supplement classroom learning, so it’s important that boys learn how to study effectively, bearing in mind that consistency is more powerful than intensity.
Exam periods can be stressful for some students. Boys often feel increased pressure leading up to exam time and require a supportive home environment to help them through study demands. As parents, you have an important role to play in supporting your son through his exams. You can help him to prepare, encourage him to rest and create a family environment that is conducive to study.
Who best to share their study time management tips than those Trinity Grammar School scholars of 2018 who excelled in their final Year 12 examinations? While each person is unique and must find the study techniques and regime that work best for them, it can be useful to read about others’ strategies for managing time. We hope your son can pick up some tips and tricks to maximise his study and minimise his stress.
The daily routine of regular school hours, wearing uniforms and following rules are a distant memory for our HSC and IB scholars. Instead they are faced with being independent, making their own decisions, and not having a teacher remind them of when assignments are due. For some the change is a breath of fresh air, while for others it can take a bit of getting used to.
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.