The Year 11 cohort had the privilege to listen to Rabbi Gad Krebs, who expanded our knowledge on Judaism. Rabbi Krebs has been the fulltime Rabbi of the Kehill at Masada Shul (Synagogue) in St Ives since 2007.
As a student, exposure to a diverse range of religions is important, as it allows us to gain a wider knowledge of these religions, and it also teaches us to empathise and understand other perspectives.
Parents will undoubtedly have a general understanding of the term ‘pastoral care’. Broadly, pastoral care is known as spiritual and emotional support that aids student wellbeing. It is something that many schools place significant emphasis on and there is a good reason why pastoral care is important in schools. At Trinity, our pastoral care system is central to everything we do and is essential to our mind, body and spirit education philosophy.
From Preschool to Year 12, a student will spend over 17,000 hours in school. This is a substantial amount of time in an environment that will influence your child in a significant way. As parents, the decision to send your son to a Christian school means that you are positioning him in a setting that is underpinned by faith and supported by your own values. A faith-based school can help your son to flourish.
Pastoral care is defined as “the provisions made to advise students about personal wellbeing and their moral and ethical concerns.” At Trinity, this means that your son will be known, cared for and guided to grow in mind, body and spirit. Our pastoral care system is central to everything we do. When we consider the question, ‘What is pastoral care?’, it’s helpful to look at how schools care for their students.
While many independent schools in Australia have an affiliation to a specific religion, many seek to ensure their community is diverse and represents the mix of religions, races, and cultures, found in our ever-increasing multi-cultural society. Whether in primary or secondary education, religious diversity strengthens the school community and helps students to gain a wider perspective, while developing empathy and an appreciation of others’ viewpoints.
By Tim Bowden, Head Master
The guiding educational philosophy of Trinity Grammar School is Christian in its foundation and its expression. Trinity is a Christian school. More precisely, it is a school that stands in the evangelical Anglican tradition that is characteristic of the Diocese of Sydney. This Christian ethos has been consistently reinforced and adhered to by the School Council, the School’s Head Masters, and the School’s shared traditions and practices over the decades, and it is evidenced in our motto, our mission, and our educational principles.
Religion in schools sometimes gets a bad rap, and from time to time faith in schools comes under scrutiny. When the 2016 Census data was released earlier this year, one of the findings to capture media attention was that nearly a third of Australians (30 percent) report having no religion. Christianity certainly remains the most common religion (52 percent), but it has been in decline since the late 1960s. Yet, enrolment in faith-based schools remains steady, so what role does faith play in a contemporary school setting?
By Greg Webster, Trinity Grammar School Chaplain
It's 1:30pm Wednesday – any Wednesday. It’s lunchtime and you're standing in the line at the cafeteria. It's a time for quiet reflection. None of your friends are around so there is no one to talk to. As you quietly contemplate the deep philosophical matters of your last English class, you notice the student in front of you in the line.
He's been running around on number two oval. The sweat is dripping off him, his shirt is wet and stuck to his back. You think quietly to yourself that this is not the greatest human specimen you've ever seen.
As this week marks World Interfaith Harmony Week, it is important to acknowledge this and encourage your child to appreciate diversity in our society, in all its forms. At Trinity Grammar School we believe it is valuable for boys to understand and appreciate different religions, cultures, and values.
There are many ways you can encourage your child to embrace diversity, taking inspiration from World Interfaith Harmony week. Here are just four suggestions: