Education Matters

Why the pursuit of academic excellence matters in schools

Posted by Jason Cheers on Jan 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Academic achievementAt Trinity, we are committed to setting academic standards of the highest order, nurturing and challenging our boys to exceed their potential. The School’s introduction of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma back in 1997, and our adoption of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at both the Preparatory and Junior Schools in more recent years, are testimony to our desire to set academic standards beyond state or national benchmarks for our boys. While various debates, both old and new, as to how to ‘fix’ education arise, it will not deter or distract us from the unambiguous pursuit and promotion of academic excellence within our School.

A component of our quest for academic excellence is the Trinity Senior Achievement Test (TSAT), a common test undertaken by all our Year 10 students. The TSAT is an achievement test ­– not an intelligence or aptitude test – and is accessible to all Year 10 boys regardless of their subject selections. It consists of four test papers taken over two consecutive days, involving one Writing Task, one Short Response Test and two Multiple Choice Tests. Students are asked to respond to a variety of stimulus materials, such as prose passages, poetry, graphs, tables, maps, mathematical and scientific data, cartoons and artistic works.

The TSAT also involves the boys having a follow up interview with their Housemaster in relation to their results. This interview also addresses broader issues regarding their overall academic progress, vocational assessments and subject selections. This process helps our Year 10 boys, and their parents, make wise subject selection choices for the final two years of secondary education, irrespective of whether the choice is the HSC, IB Diploma or TVAC (Trinity Vocational Academic Course) option.

In one sense, it is only natural that much of our academic focus is given to the final years of secondary schooling. Nevertheless, an important contributory element to enhancing the outcomes of our boys in their final public examinations is the sharp academic focus in the middle years of schooling. The need to nurture and challenge our boys in these middle school years to achieve their academic potential is a commitment to which Trinity continues to respond to.

To learn more about Trinity’s high academic achievement record, download our prospectus here.
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Topics: Boys' education, Academic excellence