Co-Curricular Activities at Trinity

Essential to growing well-rounded boys, building self-confidence and enhancing their connectedness to the School

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Co-Curricular Activities at Trinity

Essential to growing well-rounded boys, building self-confidence and enhancing their connectedness to the School

About Trinity Co-Curricular Activities

Trinity Grammar School provides an extensive range of co-curricular activities for your son to discover and develop his skills and talents. The compulsory Co-Curricular Programme involves activities that are aimed at developing important skills in leadership, communication, performance, creativity, decision-making, cooperation and service.

From Dramatic Arts and Music to Debating and Peer Support, co-curricular activities are a vital component of the Trinity Triangle and essential to growing ‘well-rounded’ boys, building boys’ self-confidence and further enhancing their connectedness to the School.

The School boasts an unparalleled Creative Arts Programme, enabling your son to enjoy a rich array of media, with first-class facilities for ceramics, sculpture, dance, drama, music, and more.

With the dedicated Delmar Gallery on the Summer Hill campus, boys are exposed to art exhibitions and installations as well as having a professional space to exhibit their own work.

Creative Arts

From its outset Trinity Grammar School has provided a rich cultural environment enabling boys to recite their stories and express the intangibles of life. Long before schools in general were made to offer classes in Art or Music as part of a curriculum, Trinity’s Society of the Arts has been providing opportunities for boys to be exposed to fine Art and Music with which they would not normally come in to contact. This rich history has been the foundation for a breadth of performing and exhibition arts being taught, encouraged and fostered by some of the most passionate and expert staff in the country.

Music

Music is an essential element of the School’s curriculum. The activities of Trinity’s Music Department, at Preparatory, Junior and Senior levels, are vigorous and exciting, offering a diverse range of opportunities from work in the classroom, through group and individual instrumental tuition, to co-curricular activities for larger groups. Most boys will at some stage learn a musical instrument and engage in group musical activity; such as choir, orchestra, band or ensemble, or a musical stage production.

Trinity Grammar School is renowned for its encouragement of music, operating in purpose built facilities. All of the School’s ensembles rehearse in specialist areas in The Roderick West School of Music. This includes large Orchestral, Band and Choir rooms – each of which has been acoustically designed and wired for digital recording – twenty Practice and Ensemble rooms and a specialised Music Library.

The Music Department has one of the most dynamic and impressive performance programmes both in New South Wales and Australia and, in terms of student participation, is one of the most comprehensive. Commitment of students and staff to achieving excellence in the area of performance has earned them an impressive reputation.

Trinity has the following ensembles; Chapel Choir, The Camerata, The Symphonic Wind Band, The Marching Band, Big Band, The Concert Band, The Intermediate Concert Band, The Symphony Orchestra, The Sinfonietta, The Intermediate String Orchestra, Percussion Ensembles, Guitar Ensemble, Serenata Strings, Chamber Music and Smaller Ensembles, Vivaldi Strings, and Intermezzo Orchestra, Junior School Concert Band, Junior School Choir, The Trinity Singers, Preparatory School Instrumental Ensembles.

Drama

The Next Stage Performance Company is the School’s Drama Company and they hold major productions throughout the year. There are two levels of involvement: the Year 7 Drama Club and the Years 8 to 11 Drama Club. The Year 7 Drama Club focuses on developing skills in play-building and improvisation. The Years 8 to 11 Drama Club focuses on performance in external competitions like the Globe Shakespeare Festival and the City of Sydney Eisteddfod.

Media Production

Students in Media Production are taught to use a range of audio visual and lighting equipment. The opportunities are extensive, and include the use of professional video cameras, video editing facilities, lighting design and control facilities, television studio and multi-media production areas. Students are also able to participate in the following activities:

  • Short Films – Individual and small group projects
  • School Event Support – Filming of Rugby, Cricket, Basketball and Football games, the CAS Track and Field and Swimming, and major Drama, Music and other School productions
  • Music recording – Stage Crew for music festivals and theatre productions

Visual Art

Visual Art as a co-curricular activity is available to boys in Years 10, 11 and 12. Trinity has ‘Artists in Residence’ attending co-curricular activities, developing boys’ skills in a variety of media. Boys also participate in small group excursions to specific locations to create their artworks. They also may been involved in large group projects in a range of different activities. The options available include Photography, Ceramics, Computer Graphics, and Painting.

Activities

Primary Years

Although co-curricular activities are not compulsory during the primary years, a range of opportunities is available for those students wishing to participate. Offering individual instrumental tuition as well as a dynamic visual arts programme, every boy at Trinity is creatively challenged and inspired. Both the Junior and Preparatory Schools have their own music ensembles for boys to take part in.

The range of Primary co-curricular activities include: Art Club; Chess Club; Choirs; Computer Club (Strathfield); Debating; E-studio Drama (Strathfield); Maths Club (Summer Hill); Music ensembles; Music tuition; News Reporters (Summer Hill); Scouts and Cubs; TEC (Strathfield); Tournament of the Minds (Summer Hill).

Middle and Senior Schools

In Year 7, an extensive Co-Curricular Programme commences for all boys who will continue through to Year 12. All Year 7 boys take part in the Peer Support Induction Programme and are also encouraged to participate in other co-curricular activities on offer. By Year 8, all boys are expected to participate in a minimum of either an auditioned Music group or the School’s Cadet Unit, but are also invited to join additional co-curricular activities.

Senior School boys must undertake at least one co-curricular activity whilst also being involved with the Peer Support training in Year 11. Through the Peer Support Programme, the boys develop vital leadership decision-making and communication skills, as well as creativity, cooperation and community awareness. All students will also take part in Service week, enhancing community-mindedness by participating in fundraising or community projects in the local area.

Cadets

The Cadet Unit at Trinity Grammar School is the largest co-curricular activity offered by the School. There are approximately 450 boys in Cadets from Years 8 to 12, supervised by more than 20 staff. For boys in Years 8 and 9, Cadets is compulsory unless they are performance level musicians.

The Unit stresses Adventure Training and offers a wide variety of training to cater for many interests – signals, survival courses and field engineering courses, navigation and officer training.

Boys in Years 10 and 11 who remain in the Unit take courses in Leadership Training to prepare for various positions of responsibility in the following year. This aspect of the Unit is seen as its most important and valuable function within the whole School framework. The School uses a variety of different military training areas for its bivouacs and camps.

The Cadet experience facilitates the maturing process whereby young boys become young men.

Trinity also offers Cadets a nationally accredited Certificate II in Leadership course, the only one of its kind in Australia.

Debating Society

All Trinity Grammar School students have the opportunity to pursue Debating, competing both within the School and against other schools. Mock Trial, Public Speaking, Oratory and Mooting are further offerings of the Society.

 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

The Scheme stresses challenge, leadership, self-direction, independence, co-operation and personal achievement, and leads to the Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Boys are encouraged to complete the Bronze Award in Years 9 or 10, the Silver Award in Year 10 or 11 and the Gold Award in Year 11 or 12.

Chess Club

Chess Club is open to all boys with 100+ Senior School and 40+ Primary School boys participating. The School is a member of the NSW Junior Chess League, which entitles boys in the Chess Club to play in the NSW Secondary Schools’ Chess Competition.

This is played in three separate grades: Senior – Years 11 and 12; Intermediate – Years 9 and 10; Junior Years 7 and 8. The School’s Chess teams participate in the CAS Competition as well as compete for the CJS Purdy Cup.

 

Scouts and Cubs Group – 3rd Summer Hill (Trinity Grammar)

Established in 1929, the 3rd Summer Hill (Trinity Grammar) is one of Australia’s oldest running school-based scouting groups. Trinity Scouts consist of a Cub Pack and a Scout Troop and is managed by volunteer parents trained through Scouts Australia.

Other Activities

Other Secondary co-curricular activities include: Archaeological Society; Berea; Cartesian Society; Charity and Community Group; Ecological Awareness Group; Economics Q&A; ESL; Fishing Club; Golf; Mathematics Club; Peer Support; Peer Mediation; RAW Challenge; Snowsports; Specialist Programmes – Basketball, Cricket, Football, Rugby Union (Refereeing and Mentoring), Swimming, Track & Field; Sports Experience; Technology and Design Club; Trinity Cultural Awareness; Trinity Science Investigators.