Trinity Grammar School’s books@breakfast events continue to go from strength to strength, with record crowds attending to listen to and be inspired by visiting authors to the School. The events were created as a way for parents and their sons to bond within the framework of literacy – by featuring books at breakfast, boys and their parents are given the chance to celebrate text and inspire lifelong learning, discussing books and enjoying breakfast all before the working day begins.
Just one of the benefits of a private education is access to high quality facilities and resources. Some facilities may even help your son to become a better runner, painter, or musician. At Trinity we pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art pool facilities — but just how can water sport facilities give students an edge? For those students who are passionate and committed to sports such as swimming, diving and water polo, our facilities are crucial in helping them to be the best they can be in their chosen sport.
Trinity Grammar School in Sydney recently hosted a Water Polo clinic with one of the greatest Water Polo players of all time, Tony Azevedo of the USA. Tony’s career highlights include being a five-time Olympian, 2008 Olympic silver medallist, named seventh Best Athlete in the World by Men’s Journal, awarded Pac 12 Water Polo Player of the Century in 2015, the all-time leading scorer at World Championships, and the first player to win five Pan American Games Gold Medals. He was the former Captain of the US National Men's Water Polo Team. All this after a fall, and near-death experience as a child, that resulted in doctors telling his parents that he would never play sports due to his sustained injuries.
The role of extra-curricular activities is predominantly to help boys develop into well-rounded individuals. At Trinity Grammar School, we refer to ‘co-curricular’ rather than ‘extra-curricular’ activities, as we believe they are paramount to an education in mind, body and spirit and run alongside the curriculum as a vital support to it, rather than be considered ‘extra’. The reasons why boys should be involved in extra-curricular activities are many and participation should be encouraged, yet finding a healthy balance is crucial because there is the a risk of overscheduling children. Nevertheless, boys who participate in a range of co-curricular activities can develop many skills that will help them to flourish, including:
A number of researchers have raised concerns about the steady decline of time spent participating in physical activity at some schools. One particular concern is that removing or reducing physical activity in school may be detrimental to a child’s physical health, as well as their academic performance.
By Tim Bowden, Head Master
Sport takes on different significance in different schools, and in the perspectives of different stakeholders. Sport can be an expression of the prestige of the school, through the quality of the facilities and the kit of the participants. Sport can be a proxy for the success of the school, whereby winning a sporting competition indicates that a school is superior to its competitors on a broader front. Sport can be a channel for the expression of school spirit, where the crowd of cheering supporters identify with something bigger than themselves. Sport can be an avenue to future careers for the elite, providing support and opening doors for glittering success in the years to come.
What happens on the sporting field doesn’t just stay on the sporting field. Through sport, boys are exposed to a variety of lessons that can be applied to everyday life and which will help your son to flourish. We’ve put together a list of five lessons learned through sport.
By Ben Tuxford | Director of Swimming
The 88th CAS Swimming Championships were held recently at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Our swim team of around 50 boys from ages 11 to 18, had been preparing for this event since being defeated by Knox in 2018, as we knew wholeheartedly that they would again be our main rivals on the night to take home the coveted Thyne Challenge Shield. From our prior calculations, we knew it was going to be a very close point score. To bring the Shield home for the 24th time, our boys were forced to compete at their very best for each point on offer, as there would be no easy races to win.
Trinity students are encouraged to hit others first, run with sharp objects, always start the fight and generally do everything their parents have told them not to do … but only if they are on the fencing team, and only when they are in training or competing in a bout of fencing!
By Tim Bowden, Head Master Trinity Grammar School
In recent weeks the Commonwealth Games have been rolling on in the background of my family’s consciousness. I must admit that we haven’t paid very much attention, being vaguely aware that Australia continues to dominate in the swimming and that, overall, people seem to be having a good time. However, we did make a big effort to be in front of the screen with Trinity Grammar School Old Boy, Rohan Browning (Class of 2015) competing on the athletics track.