FAQs

FAQs

FAQs

FAQs

Is Trinity a Selective or non-selective school?

Trinity is a non-selective Anglican day and boarding boys school in Sydney’s inner-west.

Why should we choose Trinity?

Trinity has a wide-ranging curriculum that caters for all students – from the intellectually gifted to those more interested in vocational courses – and has arguably the most extensive curriculum of non-selective Independent Boys Schools across NSW.

At Trinity Grammar School, your son will experience a wealth of opportunities, allowing him to discover and develop his innate talents, skills and aspirations through the School’s extensive range of exceptional educational programmes.

Trinity places a premium on providing opportunities for boys to develop their skills and empowering them to pursue their passions. The myriad of compulsory sporting and co-curricular activities allows boys to grow in self-confidence and enhances their talents across many disciplines.

If you want your son to receive an outstanding Christian holistic education where he will be nurtured to grow into a man, who is clear and passionate about his unique talents, then choose Trinity.

What is Trinity's Academic record?

A leader in academic achievement, Trinity Grammar School’s IB results for 2016 were among the best in its history with three perfect IB 45 scores, equal to first in the world, while a further 14 students qualified for their IB Diploma at the Distinction level with scores of 40 or more.

Including the HSC high achievers, 13 students received an ATAR over 99, equal to the top 1% of the State. 22% achieved an ATAR at or above 95; 43% achieved an ATAR at or above 90 and 54% of the class of 2015 achieved an ATAR at or above 85.

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What are the school tuition fees?

Please download our fee schedule here.

 

What professional support do you offer, both academically and pastorally, within the school?

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

How many campuses does Trinity have and where are they situated?

Trinity has three campuses situated at Strathfield and Summer Hill. The Preparatory School campus Pre-K to 6 is in Strathfield, the Junior School campus Kindergarten – Year 6 is in Summer Hill and the Middle and Senior School campuses Years 7 – 12 are also in Summer Hill. Please see the relevant maps here at Summer Hill and Strathfield.

To access the School car park at Summer Hill, please see the driveway entrance opposite 169 Victoria Street, Ashfield. For the Prep School on-street parking is available on surrounding streets.

Trinity will have, in late 2016, a Field Studies Centre in Woollamia, near Huskisson.

What is the difference between the Preparatory School and Junior School?

The Preparatory and Junior Schools follow exactly the same curriculum however there are some subtle differences; the Preparatory School is located in Strathfield whilst the Junior School is in Summer Hill. The Preparatory School enrols boys from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 6 whereas the Junior School enrols boys from Kindergarten to Year 6.

What are the intake years?

Pre-K (4 years of age), K (5 years of age), 3, 5 and 7.

Are there places available and do you have waiting lists?

Yes places are available across some entry points but it is certainly worthwhile in contacting the Enrolments team on +61 2 9581 6001 to lock in your space. Some Year groups do have waiting lists so please submit your application form at your earliest convenience.

What is the enrolment process?

Application; Assessment of Students; Interview; Letter of Offer; Acceptance of Place.

Final offers of places are made subject to a screening assessment, places being available, a satisfactory interview, the identification of the family with Trinity’s education philosophy and the ability of the School to meet the educational needs of the boy in question.

For more information on our enrolment process, please see here.

How do we submit our application?

By mail or email – download here or enrol online.

What documents does the School require?

  • A copy of your son’s birth certificate or extract of birth
  • A copy of your son’s last three school reports, if applicable
  • Please include NAPLAN test results, if applicable
  • Copies of all medical, psychological or educational reports, if applicable
  • The non-refundable application fee of $200 which includes assessment

Does the School offer Scholarships?

Yes the School offers a number of Scholarships, awarded annually, for Entry into Year 7. These include: Academic, Trinitarian/Alumni (All-round) and Music Scholarships.

When can I apply for a Year 7 Scholarship?

Towards the end of your son’s Year 5, in November, applications will open. The closing date for ALL applications will be at the start of February of your son’s Year 6. Details of which will be placed on the School’s website, click here.

When will tuition fees be payable?

All tuition and boarding fees are based on a four-term year, with all parents given the option of paying either weekly, fortnightly, monthly, per Term or an annual payment.

How much more do we need to pay for books, camps and excursions?

The Tuition Fees paid per annum includes all text books, stationery packs, curriculum related excursions and camps, co-curricular activities and sport, and access to information technology resources. There is no further charge*.

Uniforms are not included in the tuition fees.

*Please note Service Week, private instrumental lessons and Sporting Tours may carry additional charges.

What is the difference between the HSC and IB programmes?

All students at Trinity benefit from the holistic education provided, enabling the development of the whole person – physically, intellectually, emotionally, ethically and spiritually.

The HSC programme allows for matriculation into Australian universities. There is flexibility in being able to complete it over a number of years, with the internal assessment in Year 12 worth 50% and the final external exams worth 50%.

The globally recognised IB programme provides a broad, demanding yet motivating curriculum, with an international outlook and a depth of subject and encouragement for self-learning, which better prepares students for overseas universities. This is helped by the fact the IB score is the same measure worldwide. Trinity also recently became the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC). It is only one of nine schools in the world to receive this accreditation.

The World Academy of Sport (WAoS) launched a global initiative earlier this year to accredit schools and education centres to provide flexibility and support to exceptional student athletes, enabling them to combine challenging training schedules with their academic commitments. This means boys at Trinity can study the IB Diploma Programme over 4 years instead of the normal 2 years.

Trinity Grammar School, which introduced the IB programme in 1998, also delivers the widest range of HSC and IB subject choices in NSW. With dedicated classes and experienced HSC and IB teachers, the School has been a consistent high performer across both programmes.

How does the School look after the boys?

The School’s proven Pastoral Care network means your son will be known, cared for and guided to grow in mind, body and spirit. He will learn in a positive, passionate and harmonious environment, one where everyone feels part of the ‘Trinity family’.

The Pastoral Care guidelines and programmes at Trinity not only focus on the well identified characteristics of good parenting, providing both care and discipline, but also reflect current educational and psychological research. The School provides a caring and nurturing environment that offers a range of experiences that help develop self-confidence and resilience. Trinity’s staff strive to make effective provision for the personal guidance of each boy.

At the Preparatory and Junior Schools – Pre-K to 6
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.

At the Middle and Senior Schools – Years 7 to 12
Within the Middle and Senior Schools there are 16 houses and 32 house masters which 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 chaplain also plays a vital pastoral role.

Trinity’s Secondary vertical House system provides strong peer relationships, and their Life Skills Programme nurtures emotional intelligence for the entirety of your boy’s School life, providing your son with his best opportunity to realise his potential, passions and purpose in life.

Do boys have to play sport?

Sport at Trinity Grammar School is an essential element of the life of every Trinity boy and is compulsory for all boys from Years 3 to 12 in both the summer and winter seasons. Essential for healthy living, disciplined care of the body and the cultivation of temperate habits, sport is an integral component of the development of a well-rounded child.

From Year 7 this sporting commitment will involve two mid-week training sessions and a Saturday fixture. Sport for boys in Years 7 and 8 is included within the normal School timetable. Every boy is encouraged to participate in, or attempt to participate in, at least one team sport per year.

What Co-Curricular Activities can my son participate in?

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

In Music alone at the Preparatory School there is a Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Training Band, Cello Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and Studio Teachers’ Ensembles as well as the Prep School Choir and the Trinity Singers. At the Junior School ensembles include Mozart Strings (K-2), Junior School Choir, Intermezzo Strings, Vivaldi String Ensemble, Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble, String Quartet and the Rock Band. The boys have opportunities for performing at the Annual Music Gala, the twice yearly Studio Concerts and the Annual Celebration of Music Concert. These continue into the Middle and Senior Schools.

Trinity also offers a Cadets Programme for boys in the Middle and Senior Schools. The Cadet Unit at Trinity Grammar School is one of the largest co-curricular activities offered by the School. For boys in Years 8 and 9, Cadets is compulsory unless they are performance level musicians.

Other co-curricular activities that are available are as follows:
Primary Years: Art Club; Chess Club; Choirs; Christians in Action (Strathfield); Computer Club (Strathfield); Da Vinci; Debating; E-studio Drama (Strathfield); Maths Club (Summer Hill); Music ensembles; Music tuition; Scouts and Cubs; TEC (Strathfield); TAG – Trinity Action Group (Strathfield). *Those at the Strathfield campus can participate in some of the Summer Hill activities thanks to a bus service the School provides.

Secondary Years: Archaeological Society; Berea; Cadets; Cartesian Society; Charity and Community Group; Chess Club; Drama; Debating Society; Ecological Awareness Group; ESL; Fishing Club; Golf; Mathematics Club; Media Production with Film making, School Event support and Music Recording; Mock Trial; Mooting; Music through individual tuition, orchestras, ensembles, choirs and bands; Oratory; Science Club; Scouts; Snowsports; Society of the Arts; Technology & Design Club and Visual Arts.

Are meals provided?

There are canteens available at the Preparatory, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools for those boys who do not bring their own snacks/lunch. Boarders have their meals supplied.

Does the School have buses?

The School has a large bus fleet covering many routes and areas for boys from Year 3 upwards. Please see the Transport information here showing all routes + table of charges.

What time does School start and end?

Pre-Kindergarten Prep School 9:00am – 2:45pm
Kindergarten to Year 2 Prep and Junior Schools 8:30am – 3:00pm
Year 3 to Year 6 Prep and Junior Schools 8:30am – 3:15pm
Middle and Senior School 8:25am – 3:40pm

Does the School offer before and after School care?

The Out-of-Hours Care programme, which involves Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care as appropriate is supplied by OSHClub, an Outside School Hours Care provider. This cost effective care programme operates the following hours at both Preparatory and Junior Schools:

Before School Care 7:00am – 9:00am
After School Care 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Vacation Care 7:00am – 6:00pm

Do all students have a laptop or can my son bring his own device?

Throughout the School boys have 1:1 access to technology to promote the development of digital literacies and to support inquiry and creation. Boys in K-2 are assigned a school-owned iPad, while boys in Years 3-6 make use of Chromebooks (student-owned in Years 5-6). Trinity has also implemented a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device Programme) initially with Year groups 5 to 7 and 10 to 12.

Students participating in the BYOD Programme are required to purchase and bring a device to School every day. Please refer to the “BYOD” page on TNET regarding the Hardware/Software specifications.

Do boarders get their own rooms?

Each boy in the Boarding House is accommodated a private area within a shared room with up to 3 other boys.

There is a wardrobe big enough to keep their uniforms and a limited number of personal clothes and there is ample drawer space. Each desk has a small bookshelf and a nest of drawers for stationery and other items. Each area has its own light source above the desk. Other furniture is not permitted.

How to withdraw a student from Trinity once he has started?

A full term’s notice, in writing and addressed to the Head Master, is required of intention to withdraw a boy from the School, or of intention to change a boy from boarder to day boy. A full term’s fee is charged for withdrawal without such notice.