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Head Master: Reflection and new beginnings

Posted by Tim Bowden on Feb 7, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School

Head Master: Reflection and new beginningsThe start of a new school year presents the opportunity for reflection and new beginnings. My particular welcome to those students, parents and staff who are new to the School this year. My hope and prayer is that your time with us will be challenging, rewarding, encouraging and positive.

The start of the school year has been frenetic. In addition to general planning, preparation, and professional development for staff, somewhere in all of that, teaching and learning got underway!

Since the end of Term 4 we have received the HSC results and IB Diploma results from our graduating class of 2018. By many measures, the achievements of our boys are the best in the School’s history. Nine boys gained a 45 in the IB Diploma, which equates to an ATAR of 99.95. Only 28 students in Australia achieved this mark in 2018, and only 68 such scores were recorded worldwide. We believe this to be the most number of perfect scores achieved at one school in Australian history. Twenty-six boys, from both the HSC and the IB Diploma, placed in the top one percent of the State by receiving an ATAR of 99 or more.

Equally pleasing to the boys, their families and their teachers, were the results that did not necessarily make headlines, but which were achieved through sustained hard work and diligence. Through their efforts, the boys have opened the doors to their next opportunities and adventures. The final credential at secondary school looms so large for so long and then, suddenly, it is in the rear-view mirror and has diminishing significance. We rejoice with all our boys for their achievements and we wish them God’s richest blessings in the next chapter of life, whatever that may be.

At this point of the year, I find that it is not hard to be hopeful. The turning over of a calendar year is associated with turning to a blank sheet, charged with possibilities. The reality that year after year contains the mingling of both hope and disappointment, delight and sorrow, triumph and disaster. That is simply the nature of life in this broken world. Some things in the year ahead will be wonderful, some will be awful, and most will be somewhere in between. Some things are within our control, but many things are not. Our efforts with the boys of Trinity must be to equip them to deal with life in all its fullness. We prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.

May God’s blessings be with us this year, granting us grace towards one another, faith in him, and hope for the future. 


For over a hundred years Trinity Grammar School has educated boys in mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to provide a thoroughly Christian education for boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning.

Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we aim to know, understand and nurture each student to help him realise his potential, passion and purpose in life.

To learn about the Trinity difference and to discover why we’re one of Sydney’s top boys’ schools, download our prospectus.

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