As another school year begins, students and staff welcome new Trinity Grammar School Head Master, Mr Tim Bowden. Mr Bowden has spent the first weeks of the new school year addressing staff and students at all campuses and attending a Commissioning Service at the School’s Chapel, officiated by the Archbishop.
In his message to the Trinity community Mr Bowden said:
“I would like to thank the members of the Trinity Grammar School community for the warmth of the welcome that my family and I have received. I have been astounded by the affection that so many Trinitarians – past and present – have for their school; since the announcement of my appointment, we have been approached by dozens of people, connected in some way to the School, expressing their support for us in this new chapter.
I am acutely aware of the challenges that lie before me as I step into this role. As a school, Trinity is in an excellent position. Enrolment demand is strong, morale is high, academic results are the best that they have been, the students are well-resourced, and the staff team is high-performing. The challenge for us does not arise from weakness. Rather, our challenge arises from our strength. How do we make sure that the good does not become the enemy of the better? How do we make sure that we do not rest on our laurels? How do we make sure that our education is fit for its purpose, shaping young men for the decades that lie ahead of them, and ensuring that the School continues to stay true to its mission and purpose? In the midst of a turbulently changing world, how do we hold onto what is good, and adapt to the new demands on us? The challenges will be many – and exciting!
I am conscious of the need to understand the Trinity Grammar School community as I venture to lead it into these challenges. Therefore, I am setting out in these early months to listen and to learn. Only so much can be learned about a school from the outside and, while I have read histories and conducted online research, the life of the School is best discovered from the inside. The complexity and history of the School is deep and rich, and its sheer size is remarkable.
There are a number of ways that I plan to listen and learn from the range of stakeholders at the School. During these first two terms, I plan to sit down to lunch with groups of students, selected by year group, starting with the Pre-K students and working my way through to the Year 12 students. In doing so, I hope to gain a sense of the journey experienced by our students from beginning to end. I also plan to meet every boy in the School during 2018. I am also teaching some Year 7 Christian Studies classes, attending games and performances, and attempting to speak with as many students as possible. I am, of course, also very keen to meet parents of our boys as and when opportunity provides.
Your support and encouragement will be invaluable to me as the journey gets under way. In particular, I invite those members of our School who pray to pray also for me; specifically, I would love you to pray that God will grant me the wisdom to lead well, the stamina to endure, and the faithfulness to stay true to the things that matter whilst under the pressures of the role.
In the book of Psalms, dating back some three thousand years, Solomon observes that "unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain." (Psalm 127) I am deeply convinced that this is the case. Detur Gloria Soli Deo.”
Watch Mr Bowden’s video message to parents.
Mr Bowden is Trinity’s 11th Head Master following in the footsteps of Mr Milton Cujes who retired after 22 years in the role. Mr Bowden, previously of Inaburra School, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Diploma of Teaching, both awarded by the University of Canberra. An ordained Anglican minister, he also holds a Bachelor of Divinity from Moore College and a Master of Educational Leadership from Macquarie University.
Trinity Grammar School aims to provide a thoroughly Christian education for its boys, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning.
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