Junior School Thursday, 21 Sept 2023

Elevate in Year 4: The Independent School Advantage

As parents, we all strive to provide the best educational opportunities for our children. When it comes to fostering academic growth, personal development, and lifelong friendships, the decision to transition your child to an independent school in Year 4 can be a game-changer. We believe that beginning this transformative journey in Primary School, rather than waiting until their senior years, lays a strong foundation for your child’s confidence in themselves and their abilities as a learner.…

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Wellbeing Monday, 28 Aug 2023

The Impact of TikTok on Adolescent Girls: Navigating Social Media Influence

We live in an age where social media is synonymous with adolescents' lives. Platforms like TikTok offer young girls a space to express themselves creatively, connect with others, and explore various trends. These formative experiences are not new experiences for this generation, they are just being explored in broader, less filtered and more responsive ways than the Dolly magazines, Plaster Fun Houses and Blue Light Discos of my era. However, as parents, it's essential to understand the impact…

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Junior School Monday, 14 Aug 2023

A Week in the life of a Prep Student

At Toorak College, we are passionate about curating exceptional learning journeys for our students, forming fundamental learning habits and fostering a deep love for knowledge. We welcome you into a glimpse of the extraordinary journey of a Prep student, where each day is a canvas for cultivating essential learning habits that will undoubtedly shape the future of their educational experiences. Within the enchanting walls of Toorak College, we embrace eager minds, instilling a sense of…

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Education Monday, 24 July 2023

How to Prepare Your Child for Scholarships

The Path to Scholarships - A Guide for Parents Q - Should my child sit for a scholarship at a school? A - Sitting for a scholarship is a really personal choice and it comes down to what you are hoping to achieve. A scholarship may increase the school options available to you, making some schools more accessible to more families. Other families may want to sit them as a means of gaining more external data on their child’s progress, increasing the ability to target focus areas. Some families may…

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Wellbeing Tuesday, 18 July 2023

Nurturing Wellbeing Through Art & Design

Improve Well-Being Through The Arts When we visit a gallery—often roaming and reflecting in silence—or watching a performance on stage, we can become consumed by thoughts and feelings, which have the power to transport us to realms outside ourselves. When a teenager engages with artistic endeavours, those moments can have a profound impact on their mind for the better. Art enriches our life experiences and adds colour, sound and meaning in order to understand new contexts and perspectives.…

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Leadership Monday, 05 June 2023

The Next Generation of Young Leaders

While the world is changing at a rapid pace, the qualities of a great leader remain the same. As the next generation of young leaders begins to emerge, we are seeing leaders that are not afraid to challenge the status quo, making a difference in their communities and beyond. In this blog, we will hear from our young female leaders, who despite setbacks, were able to persevere and show that with determination anything is possible. Amelia - Junior School Class Captain. Junior School Class…

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Education and Teaching Thursday, 01 June 2023

Neurodiversity in the Classroom

How to work with neurodiverse women in the classroom I was recently asked the question by someone intrigued by the world of education, ‘What has changed the most in your role as a teacher over time?’ I found this question really interesting to reflect on and I am sure the answer I gave will resonate with other educators. Early on in my teaching career I would acknowledge different types of learners and learning styles in the classroom and over 20 years later, I am still differentiating. I am…

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Education Wednesday, 22 Mar 2023

The ATAR Debate. Do Australian Students Still Need It ?

Should the ATAR stay or go? How challenging traditional methods of reporting will open real industry pathways for students. I commenced my teaching career in 2000, at the beginning of the century (that sounds both momentous and frightening simultaneously). This time not only marked the beginning of my career but also a time of change in the world, where the students I taught learnt the meaning of the word terrorism through world events and not just fictional texts. With any kind of change it…

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International Women's Day Monday, 06 Mar 2023

Women Who Inspire Us

Amazing women who inspire us. In honour of International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March, we wanted to highlight some of the talented women of Toorak College who have shown perseverance, grit and spirit to achieve success in their chosen fields. Miss Tando Matanda, Toorak Collegian, Venture Capitalist and Innovation Consultant Tell us about your educational journey. “I am a Cambridge University graduate, investment and corporate venturing expert, who has spent the last decade advising,…

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