Students in Year 6 at Trinity Grammar School are required to take part in an Exhibition as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Provided with a central theme, students must research an issue and present their findings to parents and peers through their exhibit. Preparatory School students Louis McCrohon, Andrew Yang and Manaav Bhandari inquired into the issue of sports-related injuries and the methods and technology used to rehabilitate those injuries.
Whilst researching various injuries and rehab methods, the boys also looked into organisations that support people who suffer from long-term or life-altering injuries. Wanting to do more than simply present their findings, the three Year 6 students decided to take action by collecting money on the night of the PYP Exhibition to raise funds for ParaQuad NSW, an organisation that supports life choices after spinal cord injury.
“We did this because we wanted to make a difference towards someone’s life and we thought the best organisation that would help make this difference would be ParaQuad. We specifically wanted to help paraplegic and quadriplegic athletes so they can rehabilitate and hopefully re-enter the sports field. A large part of our Exhibition process was to take action after inquiring into an issue and we were inspired to make an impact within this area,” said Year 6 Trinity student, Maanav Bhandari.
The PYP Exhibition’s central theme was, ‘Scientific and technological advancement can overcome and create challenges,’ and the boys’ fundraising efforts along with their exhibit certainly showed off the power of those technological advancements. Clearly impressing their audience they managed to raise an impressive $250 throughout the evening.
Year 6 Trinity student Louis McCrohon shares his motivation, “We wanted to raise awareness of quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries, as well as help raise the awareness of ParaQuad and the services it provides to those affected by these injuries. We were determined to collect money on the night and show people the ways they could donate to this worthwhile cause.”
Following the PYP Exhibition, the boys visited the ParaQuad head office in Newington to present a cheque donation to assist ParaQuad in supporting people with spinal cord injury and similar health conditions to achieve their life choices.
“ParaQuad would like to extend a very warm thank you to the students from Trinity Grammar Preparatory School who went above and beyond to raise and donate funds to our organisation,” said Max Bosotti, CEO of ParaQuad NSW. “We wish the boys the best of luck in their future studies and we are so pleased that Trinity Grammar School is encouraging social awareness amongst its students,” Mr Bosotti concluded.
Andrew Yang, Trinity Year 6 student, is keen to show that children can make a difference: “We did this because we wanted to show kids our own age that we should all help make a difference to those who are seriously affected by injuries and since our inquiry was into this issue, it greatly affected our views.”
Trinity Grammar School aims to develop young men through a thoroughly holistic approach to education. Opportunities to enhance the mind, body and spirit are facilitated through a range of educative experiences, with Community Service being a feature of each Trinity boy’s learning particularly through Service Week. Additionally, our Christian mission in providing service to others is the practical outworking of one’s faith in Christ.
Trinity believes that great opportunities are borne out of service to others, and that these experiences further enhance the learning opportunities for its boys as they discover their potential, passions and purpose in life.