John Allen | Master of the Middle School
In Trinity news, parents of Year 7 boys recently had the opportunity to swap places with their sons, attending classes and navigating the School’s classrooms, lockers and lessons. It was great to see such a large number of parents register for the event, taking up the opportunity to learn more about their son’s routine and develop connections with a range of teachers.
Parents enjoyed a variety of experiences in Christian Studies, Maths, English, PDHPE, Music, Visual Arts and more. I congratulate the parents for taking on the challenge with such a positive spirit, and the members of staff who facilitated the programme and alternative schedule for the boys.
Asked for their views about Swap Day, parents had some insightful comments:
“Fascinating, fun and exhausting day! Education is so different now.”
“The teachers are amazing, and the facilities are extraordinary. These boys are so fortunate!”
“Swap Day is a very worthwhile exercise for parents. It will certainly make me understand his challenges better.”
“It is encouraging to see the interaction of the boys across the cohorts and especially nice to see the support given to the younger students by the older ones.”
“This is such a positive environment which promotes a great culture for the School, and instils good values for the boys. It has also helped my son settle in quickly.”
“So much to take in. School has changed so much since I was at school. Especially interesting to see how technology is integrated into their learning. I now appreciate the busyness of the day and sympathise why my son says so little when I pick him up in the afternoons. He is just very, very tired!”
“Swap Day is a fantastic opportunity to give parents a better understanding of what our sons experience through their school day. “
“During Geography the teacher spoke openly about the impact that the drought and the floods have had on the mental health of our farmers. He candidly shared with the boys, that his brother is one of those farmers. I commend the School for encouraging the boys to openly talk about mental health – dismantling the stigma attached to it in society and especially the corporate world. It was also great to experience House Period and watch the boys easily interacting with boys from different cohorts. Great to see them stand up and speak, building their confidence and public speaking skills. Great day. Both parents should make the effort to attend! Being here today will allow me to understand the pressures of his day as well as all the wonderful opportunities that he has ahead of him.”
“The teachers and the lesson style inspire me to go back to study! When I opened my lunch box today, I found a card from my son wishing me a great SWAP DAY! The boys have been so helpful in guiding us around the School. Their respectfulness is impressive. They come across as being confident and yet humble! But it’s good to know that they are still boys at heart.”
“Very enjoyable day! Interesting to see the teachers in action and observe the different teaching styles. In observing the lesson, I will be better equipped to help him with his learning and expand on what the teachers are trying to convey.”
Trinity provides an abundance of opportunities which nurtures boys to grow into men who are clear and passionate about their unique talents. We actively encourage our students to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, in order that they may become responsible, contributing members of society.
We aim to help boys discover their innate talents and unlock their full potential within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.
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