Co-Curricular Tuesday, 16 Apr 2024

Unlocking Opportunities: The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

In today's dynamic world, the pursuit of new skills is not just admirable, it's essential. Mastering more than one language not only unlocks pathways, it also enhances cognitive prowess. For parents pondering the significance of exposing their young learners to a second language, the advantages transcend mere linguistic competence. From an early age, our ELC students are introduced to Mandarin. With weekly language classes they develop an understanding of other cultures, which fosters an…

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Wellbeing Wednesday, 10 Apr 2024

Embracing Diversity Amongst Students

In recent months we have taken part in research through the International Coalition of Girls Schools together with Challenge Success to better understand wellbeing, engagement and belonging in school environments. Whilst the broader research findings will not be known for some time, we have gained access to our own students’ data, that is de-identified, to help us respond immediately to what they say about their own school environment. Although they are a small sample of student views in a…

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How Pre-Prep Prepares Your Child for Starting School

The journey of a child's education begins long before they step into the classroom. The formative years, particularly the first five, lay the groundwork for not only academic achievement but also social and emotional development. In this critical period, children embark on a path that shapes their future educational trajectory. Early exposure to quality learning experiences will give children essential skills in fostering confidence, resilience, and curiosity. Research shows that up to 90…

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Student Futures Friday, 22 Mar 2024

Real-World Skills Delivered to Students

Continuing to support student academic and personal growth, this year Toorak College introduced a new Year 10 subject called Agile. During Term 2 in Agile, students have the opportunity to further develop their transferable skill set through a Micro-credential. Spanning across CPR qualifications, mental health training, hacking courses and more, students have the opportunity to leverage a transferable skill which will assist them in scoring their first job or simply adding to their resume.…

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Wellbeing Tuesday, 27 Feb 2024

Self Advocacy | What it is and why it is important

Self advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself and others. It is an important life skill that we must teach our young people so that they can thrive in all aspects of their lives. It has positive benefits in relation to developing independent and self confident individuals who are self aware, able to make informed decisions and clearly communicate with others. As we support young people to understand and develop their point of view so that they have the confidence to advocate for…

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Wellbeing Tuesday, 13 Feb 2024

Empowering high school students through self advocacy

In the dynamic landscape of education, preparing students for life after high school goes beyond traditional academics. One crucial aspect, often overlooked, is equipping students with the essential skill of self-advocacy. Led by Fiona Wines, head of senior school and deputy principal, this blog delves into the essence of self-advocacy for high school students, why it's important, and how parents and educators can support students in learning to advocate for themselves. The foundation of self…

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The importance of free play in early childhood

Free unstructured play is one of the cornerstones of emotional, physical, social and cognitive child development. Play is important for children in countless areas of early development, such as language, social skills, problem solving, creativity and motor skills. In this article, Naomi Linssen, Deputy Head of Wardle House at Toorak College, examines why play is an opportunity for children to learn essential life skills early in their lives. Growing through social emotional learning As a…

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Innovation Tuesday, 13 Feb 2024

Artificial intelligence in education: Navigating the digital AI landscape

In response to the dynamic educational landscape, we strategically embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Toorak College. In his article, Philip Carew, our Head of Digital Learning and Innovation, provides insights into the transformative power of AI in education. He unveils its applications and the evolving educational perspective at Toorak College, where we recognise the significance of integrating AI into our teaching and learning methodologies. Understanding artificial intelligence (AI) AI…

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