A regularly updated section where we add the questions received by parents.
Will there be the opportunity to continue swim training during my son’s time at the Field Studies Centre and if so where and how often will he and the others be able to train? What other daily cross-training will be available?
Yes, there will be opportunity to continue swim training, the FSC has established links with local swim clubs and is arranging dedicated lane access for Trinity students. There is also appropriate on-site training developed in conjunction with our PT and conditioning staff.
How will Maths and/or English honours students be taught at the FSC. Will they continue with their usual (accelerated) curriculum or will only a single mainstream one be delivered at the FSC?
Curriculum will continue to be delivered in-line with the continuing academic programme at Summer Hill. Accelerated academic streams are maintained.
A helpful way to think about the extended FSP and the curriculum is not that students are missing out on important learning taking place at Summer Hill whilst spending a term at Woollamia; rather the way the School has structured the two years of 9 and 10 means the learning that takes place during the extended FSP is equally as important as the learning that takes place at Summer Hill.
Is each residential the entire term or 8 weeks?
Each residential is an entire term. As referred to in the previous question, this ensures the curriculum teaching remains aligned.
Will the students at the field centre be expected to complete quizzes, exams and hand-in assessments that the boys do at Summer Hill that term? I understand the value of assessments but it would be quite nice for the boys at the field study centre to focus on enjoying outdoor education without having to spend hours at their computer doing assessments and revising for tests!
As the FSP is a continuation of the curriculum at Summer Hill, yes, the boys will still be expected to complete assignments. However, as the academic elements of the extended FSP are accommodated within a new Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) curriculum structure. the School has built in specific, experiential curriculum tasks that are designed for the Field Studies location. Your son may not even be aware he’s completing a geography assessment as we ask him to bushwalk and navigate using a compass!
Will there be some opportunities for Christian fellowship during the FSP?
Absolutely. Chapel is held on site – typically outside and enjoying God’s wonderful creation. FSP teams are also discussing connections with local church youth groups for Trinity boys to attend.
Which guidelines in regards to COVID is the school following, NSW Health? I was under the impression Rural/Regional NSW was more relaxed compared to Greater Sydney, so wouldn’t that make visiting the FSC easier?
Trinity follows the NSW Health and Department of Education orders for schools. The FSC is a school campus. That it is a campus located in rural/ regional NSW has no bearing – the School is obliged to follow health advice to NSW schools.
Please could you confirm how their music (clarinet) lessons will be carried out each week? Will it be organised remotely?
Specialist music teachers will be able to deliver lessons remotely to students at the FSC.
How will communication and visiting be structured?
Part of the benefit of the FSP is allowing boys to disconnect from our hyper-connected world. Letters will be written, stamped and mailed – something for the parent memento box in years to come that will invoke more memories than an SMS or printed email on their 21st birthday! However, in response to this day and age, a certain amount of video conferencing and in-person visits are planned to supplement what will appear in your physical mailbox.
When will we be advised to which residential / term our son has been allocated?
Families will be advised of allocations towards the middle of Term 3.
What if there is another lockdown in greater Sydney while my son is at his residential?
In the eventuality of a greater Sydney lockdown, the School would be guided by health orders as to whether a residential would be completed or students returned home.