This year we have seen the continued growth and development of our fine School in terms of Mind, Body and Spirit, that typically Trinitarian view of the holistic Christian educational philosophy so aptly expressed in our School crest and affirmed in our familiar School motto.
The wonderful addition of the Centenary Centre and more recently, the Field Studies Centre at Woollamia, have been major developments this year and have already proven valuable in enhancing the learning opportunities for our boys. Such significant projects represent bold and challenging undertakings. That they have been so successfully executed reflects most positively on the work of our volunteer School Council.
At Trinity, we are blessed to have teachers who view their work as a vocation, and who commit to engaging wholeheartedly with those entrusted to their care in a meaningful, relational sense that encompasses both the ‘art’ as well as the ‘science’ of the practice of teaching. Our boys therefore experience the benefits of a school environment where teaching is regarded as a calling and not merely an occupation.
“A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” Henry Adams.
The efforts of our staff in nurturing the growth and development of our boys as students, sportsmen and, even more significantly, as young men of character and purpose, cannot and indeed must not be undervalued in our School, even if such is so often the case in the wider community. I take this opportunity to recognise the excellent work undertaken by our staff and those who support them. The School is rightly proud of their efforts.
Our ongoing commitment to the Practice of Teaching at Trinity (POTT), the recent formation of the Middle Years Academic Committee, our innovative work as a Registered Training Organisation, the remodelling and reconceptualising of our Library, and the pedagogical potential facilitated through our exciting new Field Studies Centre, all underline the fact that we are committed to working creatively and effectively to meet the very diverse needs of our boys. Our aim, always, is to enhance the boys’ learning experiences and maintain our core academic focus as a school of excellence and scholarship.
“Success has a price on it and the tag reads ‘Courage, Determination, Discipline, Risk Taking, Perseverance, and Consistency’.” James M Meston.
Such is our experience when it comes to the sporting and co-curricular aspects of our corporate life at Trinity. It is also the backdrop of this year’s impressive tally of fine performances across a range of sports and activities. In 2016, an Olympic Year, our boys have registered more than their fair share of podium finishes.
Sport and co-curricular activities have an important place in our School’s culture. They provide staff and students with a unique opportunity to share a common out-of-the-classroom experience with the unwritten curriculum that occurs in our School, the curriculum that deals with life lessons: the triumphs and the tragedies of human existence, the lessons that help form character and contribute to positive school spirit. It’s this engagement on the part of our boys and staff which yields insight into the true meaning of ‘successful endeavour’ beyond premierships, win/loss ratios or points on a scoreboard.
We can be seen to be sharing with one another when we support our teams just as enthusiastically whether they are winning or losing, or when we are part of the audience that is absolutely transfixed by the musical magic woven by our musicians and singers on stage.
Our School community we have been touched heavily by the death of several much-loved members of our extended School family, both past and present. This has seen us all share and care with one another at the point of life’s most challenging moment – dealing with death.
However alongside this emotional maelstrom that comes and goes and often catches us at times when we are quite unprepared for it, we have some strong anchors – the anchors we find in God’s Word, Paul writing in Romans (8:28-34)
“What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8: v31.
Birth also, is an inevitable part of life. And so, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, I wish you all a joyous and safe Christmas with your family and loved ones. In the year ahead, may we continue to grow in the appreciation and knowledge that God’s grace is immeasurable, His mercy is inexhaustible and His peace is inexpressible.
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