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Head Master: What makes a good apology?

Posted by Tim Bowden on Nov 16, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master

I have been thinking a lot recently about apologies, and what makes a good apology.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Raising boys, Adolescence, Christianity, Boys learning

Head Master: The value of taking one step at a time

Posted by Tim Bowden on Oct 14, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master

I have never really understood the appeal of mountain climbing. That’s OK. I have never really understood the appeal of avocado either. We all have different tastes.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Improve learning, Study tips, Mental health

Head Master: Consistency is more powerful than intensity

Posted by Tim Bowden on Aug 3, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master

Pithy little sayings encapsulating helpful wisdom are not hard to find. Sometimes they appear in social media feeds, sometimes in books, and sometimes they are transmitted in conversation with others. The problem is not so much in finding them, but remembering them and putting them into practice.

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Topics: Boys learning, Study tips, Education

Head Master: Why students should get into it

Posted by Tim Bowden on Jun 10, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master

I recently came across the saying “If you can’t get out of it, you might as well get into it.” I think it is a brilliantly pithy articulation of a significant truth, which has particular relevance to our boys but has an equally pertinent application to all of us.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Boys learning, Education

Head Master: The purpose of sport at Trinity

Posted by Tim Bowden on Apr 18, 2019 6:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Sport and boys

International Women’s Day - a perspective

Posted by Tim Bowden on Mar 8, 2019 6:00:00 PM

By Head Master Tim Bowden

In the first half of the twentieth century, a Jewish philosopher called Martin Buber wrote a book called I and Thou (you). This week at a Quad assembly, partly prompted by International Women’s Day, I attempted to explain and apply some of Buber’s insights to the context of our students. The following text is a version of that address.

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Topics: All boys education, Raising boys, Boys learning, Students

Head Master: The Christian foundation of the School

Posted by Tim Bowden on Mar 5, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master

The guiding educational philosophy of Trinity Grammar School is Christian in its foundation and its expression. Trinity is a Christian school. More precisely, it is a school that stands in the evangelical Anglican tradition that is characteristic of the Diocese of Sydney. This Christian ethos has been consistently reinforced and adhered to by the School Council, the School’s Head Masters, and the School’s shared traditions and practices over the decades, and it is evidenced in our motto, our mission, and our educational principles.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Christianity, Religious education

Head Master: Reflection and new beginnings

Posted by Tim Bowden on Feb 7, 2019 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School

The start of a new school year presents the opportunity for reflection and new beginnings. My particular welcome to those students, parents and staff who are new to the School this year. My hope and prayer is that your time with us will be challenging, rewarding, encouraging and positive.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Education, Teachers

Head Master: Meriden students will join the Trinity Cadet Unit

Posted by Tim Bowden on Dec 20, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School

We recently announced a significant change to the Cadet Unit at Trinity; that is, from the start of 2019 Meriden students will join the Trinity Cadet Unit.

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Topics: Outdoor education, Trinity difference, Co-curricular activities, Cadets, Courses, Diversity

Head Master: 3 Reasons why we should embrace change

Posted by Tim Bowden on Dec 4, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Tim Bowden, Head Master, Trinity Grammar School

This year the Houses in the Secondary School stood in a different location for the morning Quadrangle Assembly. I imagine that those words will have a different impact on different members of the community. Comments I have heard have ranged from ‘So what?’, through ‘This is weird!’, through to ‘I stood there, and my father stood there before me.’

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Topics: Trinity difference, Education