Spirit of Trinity

Trinity provides a thoroughly Christian education recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning.

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Spirit of Trinity

Trinity provides a thoroughly Christian education recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning.

Mission Statement and Christian Values

Our mission is to provide a thoroughly Christian education for boys, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning. 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. The guiding educational philosophy of our School, from its inception, has been reflective of a Christian Anglican church school located in the evangelical diocese of Sydney.

Now, more than a hundred years on, these descriptors of ‘church school,’ ‘Anglican’ or indeed ‘Christian’ are no longer readily understood or accepted. Likewise, a comparison of the ethnic and religious backgrounds of Trinity families then and now would reveal significant differences. Notwithstanding these changes, the educational principles of the School have remained constant.

We strive to promote the Spiritual, Academic, Social, Physical and Cultural development of our boys, based on a biblical understanding of the Christian faith. Our School accepts the Christian view that God exists, that He created man in His own image and that man fell from grace.

The acknowledgement that as a consequence of this, certain things are ‘right’ and certain things are ‘wrong’ and that we by nature choose the ‘wrong’ rather than the ‘right’ may not be fashionable or acceptable in the postmodernist world, yet it is biblical truth and the Faith position of our School. So, too, is the acceptance of God as loving Father and Creator, in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and in the Holy Spirit as Strengthener and Guide.

At Trinity your son will have his best opportunity to realise his unique potential, passions and purpose in life.

Pastoral Care

Prep and Junior Schools

The class teacher is the crucial provider of Pastoral Care through these early years. Ongoing communication between the home and the School is through them. Class teachers gain as much knowledge as they can about each boy in their charge: his parents and his family, his cognitive abilities and attitudes, his ability at games, his hobbies and interests, his hopes and fears. They act as the boy’s adviser.

These class teachers give correction and guidance to the boys when there are breaches of discipline. They build up a record of each boy that contains details concerning work, sport, social adjustment and so on. The class teacher will normally be the first contact person for parents concerning any matter relating to their son.

Middle and Senior Schools

Trinity’s Pastoral Care guidelines focus on the fundamentals of good parenting — providing both care and discipline ­— enabling them to grow into self-confident, resilient young men. Combined with on-going partnership between the School and home, your son will thrive in a consistent, caring and nurturing environment.

There are 16 houses and 32 house masters who are the key link between the home and the School. Each boy has his own tutor and there are five full-time school counsellors and a full-time careers adviser. The School Chaplaincy team and the Trinity Educational Support Services Department are also on hand to provide further support in meeting your son’s needs.

Trinity’s exceptional Pastoral Care Network continues throughout the senior years along with co-curricular activities, including Sports and Creative and Performing Arts Programmes, to provide boys with opportunities to pursue their areas of passion beyond the classroom. Your son will be guided and mentored by a network of key staff that is fully committed to helping him progress in and out of the classroom. By truly getting to know your son’s abilities and interests, his hopes and fears, he will be understood, encouraged and inspired in a way unique to Trinity Grammar School.

A Trinity education is the optimal foundation from which your son can pursue his future study and vocational interests, as well as to nurture his capacity for lifelong learning. On graduation he will be encouraged to live out his unique potential, passions and purpose in life with confidence in our emerging global community.

He will be known, cared for and guided to grow in mind, body and spirit… to become a socially conscious, internationally minded and independent learner.

Student Support

Trinity Education Support Services (TESS) provides integrated support to students with special needs across Preparatory, Junior, Middle and Senior School campuses. The primary goal of Trinity’s Education Support Services Department is to promote within the School practices which enable students who have special needs to pursue effectively their educational and vocational goals. The departmental structure permits an inclusive and comprehensive approach for students with special needs on a Pre-K to 12 basis. We aim to identify students’ individual learning needs early in their School life and make appropriate adjustments. Students with special needs include those who have:

  • Cognitive Gifts and Talents
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning difficulties
  • English as Second Language (ESL)
  • Vocational Guidance needs

The TESS team is made up of:

  • Registered Psychologists;
  • Specialist teachers in learning support, gifted and talented education, English as a Second Language (for students from non-English speaking backgrounds) and Careers education / guidance;
  • Special project personnel such as Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Teacher’s Aides.

Learning Assistance Programme

The Learning Assistance Programme (LAP) is affiliated with the European Council of International Schools and is recognised by the Asia Pacific Region of the International Baccalaureate Organisation as a valuable school based community service programme for senior students. Volunteers, in partnership with teaching staff, work with students on a one-to-one basis, for one or two regular sessions each week. Volunteers may be parents, grandparents, senior students, old scholars or interested community members.

School Council

The Council operates under an Ordinance of the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney and is empowered to carry on the School. It is composed of seventeen persons. Of these, six Anglican clergy nominees and six lay persons are elected by the Synod of the Diocese. Three members are elected by the Old Trinitarians’ Union and two by the Council itself. The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney is ex officio its President, but regular meetings are under the control of the Chairman of Council. The Head Master is not a member of the Council.