Choosing the right school for your children is a big decision. A child’s education in the early years is vitally important in establishing a positive education experience and foundation for the future.
Many people consider Kindergarten as a place where children simply colour and play. We think a child’s experience at Kindergarten can set the tone for the entire future of his education.
Here are eight reasons why Kindergarten at Trinity will provide your son with a positive experience in his early years:
- IBO Primary Years Programme (PYP) – The basics plus!
The International Baccalaureate Organisation’s Primary Years Programme (PYP), Trinity Grammar School’s chosen Primary curriculum framework meets the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of each child. Within this framework, from the beginning of your son’s education, proficiency in Literacy and Numeracy is fundamental and intrinsic to learning. Skills are introduced systematically and deliberately, based upon the individual development of each child.
In addition to well-resourced classrooms, the Primary students have access to a Gymnasium, Music Centre, Library, multi-purpose learning environments, Art Centre, Assembly/Performance Hall and extensive playground space, as well as the benefits of using the broader School shared facilities and resources. Information, communication, technology (ICT) through electronic devices is embedded in all aspects of School life.
Experienced, highly trained and caring classroom teachers work in partnership with parents. In addition, single subject teachers provide a wide range of learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music (including private instrumental teachers), Drama, a language other than English, Christian Studies, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. The Trinity Educational Support Services (TESS) team provides support for individual students – Psychologists, Gifted Education and Learning Support teachers, English as an Additional Language teachers, a Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapist are at hand to advise staff and work alongside the boys.
- Class sizes
Small class sizes and a wide range of teachers ensure your son is at the centre of his learning experiences and not left to his own devices.
The teachers meet regularly with parents. Information meetings provide updates about day-to-day administration at School and curriculum. Teachers can be contacted by phone and email. The TGS Record Book is a useful form of communication. An electronic newsletter (Prep News) is sent to all parents, weekly. Regular contact is made by email to parents.
- Out of Hours Care
On site Out of Hours Care (OSHClub) is available daily from 7.00am to the beginning of the school day and from the end of the school day until 6.00pm in term time. Vacation Care is available during most holiday weeks from 7.30am to 6.00pm.
- Pastoral Care
Your son will start his school education in an environment where he is at the centre of his learning experiences. Within our Christian community, secure and trusting relationships are established with adults and peers. Our Kindergarten Orientation Programme provides the opportunity for boys to spend time with their future teachers and classmates, in the School learning environment before they start the Kindergarten year. Each Kindergarten boy has a Year 6 Buddy, a ‘big brother’ at School with whom he meets regularly, formally and informally. Senior Primary boys provide peer support within the playground. Kindergarten boys are greeted by Arrival Buddies, as they enter the School grounds each morning. Kindergarten boys watch the Senior Primary boys leading Chapel services, School gatherings and meetings. They grow and develop in any environment where little boys can be big boys with positive role models.
- School Uniform
The Trinity Grammar School uniform is worn with pride and belonging. The boys look ahead to future school years in the TGS uniform with a sense of security and stability knowing they’ll belong long term in a school where they’re known and respected.
At Trinity Grammar School, Sydney we recognise the importance of making a good beginning. The myriad of opportunities provided in Kindergarten, the first year of formal schooling, lays the foundations for all future learning.
To find out if your son is ready for a Trinity education at Kindergarten, read our Kindergarten Ready document here. You’ll discover what your son needs to be able to do in order to be Kindergarten Ready.