Early Learning and Child Development Tuesday, 05 July 2022

The Importance of Letting Your Child Struggle

The importance of facing challenges head-on is a fundamental theme in our children’s learning journey, particularly from Kindergarten to Year 4. As educators and parents, we need to allow for teachable moments which provide opportunities for our children to navigate these pivotal experiences and lessons. Positive mental health hinges on the balance of protective actions such as providing a stable environment and modelling healthy coping mechanisms vs. risk factors that encourage adversity. Our…

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Senior School Friday, 01 July 2022

Flourishing: Shaping our approach to student wellbeing

A new era of growth, character and resilience emerges. The time that we are living in poses challenges for us all. One question borne out of this time is, how will it shape us? This is particularly pertinent when looking at the experience of young people. During adolescence our brains create more new neural connections, and have more capacity for change and adaptation, than at almost any other stage in our life. We recognise that for young people to use this potential and to achieve their best…

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School Choice Friday, 01 July 2022

Finding the Right School for Your Child in a Post-COVID-19 World

While it appears that we are now on the path to overcoming COVID-19, the disruption of the pandemic has caused many parents to revisit the question of education and schooling for their children. In looking to provide your children with the best chance to learn, grow and thrive, we must consider what these ideas mean to us in the post-COVID-19 world. The new school year is approaching, and 2021 is set to be a year shaped by a ‘new normal’. But the most pressing questions come from how that new…

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Girl Power Friday, 01 July 2022

Dare to be Ambitious

The way to change the world, or at least your world, is to dare to be ambitious. Because when you dare to dream big, you challenge the status quo and give yourself the opportunity to pave your own way forward and make a difference. For many young females, embracing ambition is uncomfortable. More so than their male counterparts, females cast doubts in their own minds and feel the pressure to succeed differently. For many, it is not passion nor skill that holds them back, it is the fear of…

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Global Citizen Friday, 01 July 2022

Sustainability: It’s not what we do it’s how we live

With the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) underway in Glasgow it is only fitting that we as a school reflect on the role we play in educating, delivering and innovating sustainable practices. Media coverage around our climate crisis continues to be amplified and while we look to global leaders to support widespread initiatives, we must understand the integral role each of us plays in creating a more sustainable future. One of our priorities at Toorak is to consider our…

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Girl Power Friday, 01 July 2022

Tackling gender stereotypes - what is unconscious bias and how can we challenge it?

What is unconscious bias? Conscious bias is becoming more easily recognised in today’s culture and tolerance for conscious discrimination in our community is at an all time low. On the flip side, unconscious bias, in its subtlety, often goes unnoticed. In particular, unconscious gender biases often happen habitually as part of historical societal norms, and can be present in both females and males. As an independent girls school, Toorak College is acutely aware of the gender biases that affect…

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Education Friday, 01 July 2022

The Importance of Choosing The Right Primary School

Over the last couple of years children have been required to navigate the challenges of learning across two varied environments, both at home and in the classroom, and this experience looked different from school to school. UNICEF discovered that globally, more than 1.6 billion children have suffered some loss of education in the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made choosing the right school for your child more important than ever. Parents want to give their child the…

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Friday, 01 July 2022

The Benefits of Weekly and Short Stay Boarding

Why boarding school may be beneficial for your child There are many reasons why families might decide to send their children to board on campus at school. Traditionally, boarding has been considered a great option for students from remote areas or overseas who are seeking education opportunities outside their local area. However, Boarding School also has many benefits for those who live locally. Sending your child to Boarding School offers them the opportunity to develop their life skills,…

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Senior School Friday, 01 July 2022

10 Questions To Ask At School Open Days

Attending a school tour? Here are 10 important questions to ask at school open days, to support you in making the best decision for your child’s education. Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision that every family faces. There are many aspects to a child's education, so where do you start? To find a school that is the best fit for your child, attending a school open day is a good way to start the research process. Open days provide you with the opportunity to start…

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