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School communities

Student and teachers in schools do not exist in isolation – they are part of a wider community that includes parents, alumni, neighbours, sometimes the Church and the wider community.

School communities provide an environment where parents and teachers can work together to help children feel safe, secure, welcome and part of a ‘family’ that allows them to thrive and reach their full potential.

A school community: what does it mean? At Trinity, we have been fortunate to witness a school community spirit of engagement and encouragement. Our community is a multi-layered, interdependent network of mutual support comprised of the School Council, the Foundation, The Old Trinitarians’ Union, The Parents’ and Friends’ Association and its support agencies, and the Community Reference Group all of whom help make Trinity a truly unique community.

Developing a sense of community in school is vital – it prepares boys for life in the broader community and provides rich learning opportunities for everyone involved.

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Educators

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward.

One of the most influential factors in determining whether your son enjoys school is the relationship he has with his teacher/s. Relationships are strengthened through interactions in the classroom, and outside through involvement in sport, cadets, the arts and more.

At Trinity Grammar School, we take pride in the quality and dedication of our excellent academic staff. What makes a good teacher? While we could go on and on about the virtues of our educators, we have boiled it down to the key essentials that characterise our wonderful teachers:

  • Passion for teaching and learning
  • Enthusiastic, dedicated and patient
  • Engaging and provide two-way feedback
  • Set expectations and challenge students
  • Accessibility and flexibility
  • Professionalism

To get to know some of our teachers, read our Teacher in Profiles:

Chris Wyatt – Master of the Preparatory School

Mark Dunn – Master of the Junior School

John Allen – Master of the Middle School

There are a number of challenges facing teachers today. It is imperative that the curriculum is integrated with 21st century learning skills and information technology. We are also seeing greater collaboration with peers and the implementation of seemingly unlimited new ideas in education.

We know that the quality of a child’s education largely hinges on the teachers who provide it. This is a responsibility we take very seriously.

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Learners

Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we aim to know, understand and nurture each student to help him realise his potential, passion and purpose in life, ensuring that every Trinity boy is challenged, inspired and guided to become a successful, compassionate, internationally-minded man.

Recognising that every boy is unique, we offer one of the broadest academic and co-curricular offerings in the nation. Our wide range of academic pathways and co-curricular opportunities mean that every child has the opportunity to realise his potential. Student engagement is key to academic success and keeping students motivated.

The Trinity Education Support Services (TESS) provides integrated support to students with special needs, such as and those who require learning support such as EAL/D (English as an Additional Language/Dialect).

A great deal can be said about a school by looking at its students and hearing what they have to say. Read our student stories below:

Student story: Trinity’s leading music programme

Student story: International Women’s Day

Student story: The good and bad things about homework

Student story: A typical day in my life

Student blog: The importance of friendships

Student reflection: The challenges of school and how I manage them

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Family support

Family support is important. The relationship between schools and parents is vital to a child’s education. Teachers play a significant role in a child’s life, not simply as educators but also as role models, mentors, care givers and much more. They can also offer families support by offering a different perspective on what is happening in their son’s life. Communicating with teachers is key.

The role of parents in education is equally important. Striking a balance of providing your son with support and allowing him independence can help determine how involved parents should be in their child’s education. Joining the Parents and Friends group can be a great start. When schools and families work together in response to the concerns of boys, positive outcomes can be achieved. Knowing how to partner with schools when issues arise is critical to ensuring your child’s social and emotional needs are met.

At Trinity, there are many opportunities for parents to become involved in their son’s education. Parent-teacher interviews are valuable occasions for parents and teachers to get a mutual understanding of a boy’s progress as well as his aspirations and concerns. Read our tips to make the most of parent-teacher interviews and how to prepare.

Our annual Year 7 Swap Day where parents replace their son at school for a day, allows parents to get a true feel for the school and all of the experiences available.

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Alumni

Our community extends far beyond life at school, with a strong and rich alumni association that contributes significantly to the life of the school. Trinity Old Boys continue their association with the School long after graduation. Our current students benefit from meaningful connections with past scholars through support, mentorship and service opportunities. It is a community for life.

Mentoring is particularly important in education. In a world where there is pressure to succeed young people need support and reassurance from individuals they respect. Our students are fortunate that our Old Boys are able to contribute in this way. Through the Study+ programme Trinity offers an extended hours study programme, giving students the chance to share a meal with the boarding community and receive academic mentoring from Old Boys under the supervision of Library and teaching staff. 

Our alumni have achieved significant accomplishments within Australia and overseas and demonstrate the considerable value of a Trinity education. Above all, our graduates are outstanding citizens who demonstrate good character and conduct.

Here’s just a snapshot of what some of our graduates have achieved:

Trinity student achieves an Australian first

Trinity student scores an Ivy League scholarship

Trinity student wins a prestigious scholarship

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Community service

Trinity teaches boys that charity is not always about raising funds for others less fortunate – sometimes it is about advocating on behalf of those groups and inspiring others into action in their own lives. They learn that diversity does not always present itself at the gates of the School, and that they must seek out opportunities to immerse themselves in its richness. This requires genuine understanding and empathy. The value of community service in schools cannot be underestimated.

Students benefit greatly from the opportunity to be of service to others. Although not without its challenges, there are few journeys more important in our time. Here’s how some of our students have contributed toward social justice and the common good:

School boys’ silence gives Cambodians a voice

Trinity Grammar School is encouraging social awareness

Helping others is a walk in the park for Trinity boys

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Community engagement

Schools help form the fabric of communities bringing together families, neighbours, local business and more.

Whether it is through events that are open to the whole community such as Trinity’s yearly Fiesta; small consultation groups designed for collaboration, such as Trinity’s Community Reference Group; or even international tours that give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in different cultures – there is no doubt that without community input and engagement, schools would operate in a vacuum.

Field Studies programmes incorporate adventure activities, academic study, community service and reflection on the Christian values of the School. Service and tour initiatives can enrich learning. They afford our boys the life-forming opportunities of living in community, learning from the indigenous community, and learning about oneself and others from the experience, in a setting where they are nurtured and challenged. It supports our efforts to help each boy reach his full potential, develop his passions and importantly, discover the emerging purpose in his life’s journey.

There are so many opportunities for boys to connect with the community, both locally and overseas, through Trinity:

Boys walk the Great Wall

Trinity students immerse themselves in China

Students go to space school in the USA

Treasure beyond measure

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Diversity

There are many reasons why diversity matters in schools. It is important to understand that diversity is more than paying heed to buzz-words such as harmony, inclusion and understanding – it’s about action. At Trinity, our boys are taught effective communication skills with an emphasis on listening. It is by listening to others that true understanding occurs. They also learn the importance of service and action to gain empathy and understand their place in the world.

Diversity brings so many benefits, including learning a second language, understanding how to conduct healthy friendships and respect. Discover how to encourage your child to embrace diversity.