How many times do you have to ask your son to get started on their homework? How many times do you get a grunt in response to a question about what homework they have? Do you then sometimes have a child who all of a sudden has what seems to be a huge amount of homework all due ‘tomorrow’?
Organisation is a massive part of life at all ages and stages. We ourselves in our adult lives can barely think what it would be like to try and survive the challenges of working life, family commitments, school involvement, etc without being completely organised (or at least having someone in the family who is – my wife!). School is exactly the same, with the issue being that we are then hoping that 12 – 15 year old boys will have the mental capacity and maturity expected of an adult when it comes to their own organisation. For some boys, they have this. For them they have always been organised, always managed time really well and just seem to be under control. For many others this is not the case. They find it challenging to balance school work with other commitments; sporting, musical, bike riding, scouts, technology, etc. This is something that at school we cover early in the year with the aim of instilling some good habits into the boys but it is something that needs to be practiced regularly to ensure it becomes a habit. At home there are many ways you can help out as well:
- Provide a place for them to study that is appropriate; enough light, comfortable, visible, etc.
- Check their Record Books and Portal with them to see what is happening and what is coming up.
- Use a whiteboard that plans out their week. Have them mark in times for sport, music, downtime, dinner, homework, etc. and come to an agreement as to where their homework time will be. Let them feel responsible for it.
- Praise and reward when they have done things well.
There will potentially be times when you’re pulling your hair out and it may seem like nothing is getting through. Consistency is key for boys; maintain schedules, continually discuss and reinforce good habits, and look to reward (praise) when it is appropriate.
Our athletics carnival was held on Friday 26 February at Bill Stewart Athletics Track in East Burwood. It was a fantastic day with a lot of fun had by all students as well as some very impressive results by many of our athletes. The day is a combination of fun and involvement, along with high levels of competition. We have many wonderful athletes in our school and this was their opportunity to shine. Our Year Level Champions this year were:
Year 7 – Julian Amiet (SS)
Year 8 – Paul Haasbroek (MM)
Year 9 – Ben Rudd (MM)
Our swim team competed recently in the EISM Division 1 Meet at MSAC in South Melbourne. The team has been preparing for some time now involving many early morning sessions at our pool and at Aquanation in Ringwood. The boys and girls performed really well finishing 3rd overall in Division 1.
Year 7 House Basketball
On Monday 29 February our Year 7 boys played in their House Basketball Competition held at the ‘Rings’ stadium on Canterbury Road. All five houses competed in a round robin style tournament against each other and demonstrated a fantastic level of competition and sportsmanship on the day. It was fairly even across the board with Butterss, McKie and Stewart each having one win for the day,
At our recent assembly Ron Chen (Year 9) played a piece on his violin called Csardas. Ron is currently studying for his Grade 6 exam in violin which is an amazing effort considering he took up the instrument less than two years ago. He also plays the piano and is currently at Grade 8 which means when you combine his commitments to school and other activities including his music, Ron is a busy young man.
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Tintern Grammar goes to Hanging Rock
On 2 March the Semester 1 Year 8 Geographers went to Hanging Rock as a component of their study of landscapes and landforms. Hanging Rock is a relatively rare volcanic landform and is globally recognised as being one of the best examples of its kind. Rather than a typical volcano shape of a mountain with a crater, the mountain has eroded over several 10s of 1000s of years to leave the lava from the vent as a rocky projection – this is called a mamelon.
The students spent the day collecting data on land use, management techniques, human impacts and the flora and fauna found at the site. This data is currently being used in class to write a comprehensive report answering the student’s research question “To what degree have humans changed the natural environment at Hanging Rock?”
Although the day was very hot, the students enjoyed climbing the rock, meeting the local wildlife, talking to tourists from places like Denmark, Germany, Norway and the UK and discovering what a geologically rich area we live in.