The Man Your Son is Becoming

For the man he is becoming

Trustworthiness, decency and respect

At Trinity, what we are aiming for is complex. After all, what we are aiming for cannot be considered independently of what our School parents are aiming for.

Parents are the primary educators of a child. The School is their chosen partner in this endeavour. This is not to suggest that the School’s agenda is dictated by our families, but there is a mutual recognition of the School’s expertise and professionalism, and of the parents’ responsibility.

What we are aiming for also requires reference to the boys concerned. After all, we believe that they have agency in their education. It is not done for them, or to them, but with them. As they grow from early childhood to adulthood, they take on increasing responsibility for their education. That is one reason why Trinity has increasing choice available as the boys get older, either with reference to subject choice and co-curricular participation. By the end of the journey through school, students should themselves have some idea of the goal of their education.

There are multiple goals of a Trinity education. The final credential in school education, whether that is the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, is one very obvious goal. The achievement of this credential opens the doors of opportunity in the next chapter, so its importance is not to be understated.

“The achievement of this credential
opens the doors of opportunity in the
next chapter, so its importance is not to
be understated.”

However, it is misplaced to think that schools are all about the final academic result. The school experience of a boy at Trinity is not just a means of gaining a mark; the journey is the fabric of his life for years. The experience should be challenging and stimulating, it should broaden his horizons, and it should take place in a safe and supportive environment. Any consideration of the aims of the School has to include the journey, as well as the destination.

But, without shadow of a doubt, Trinity is about character. Partnering with families to help raise young men who embody trustworthiness, decency and respect.

If a young man is trustworthy, he will be able to engage in rich and rewarding relationships. If he is decent, equipped with a moral compass that orients him to the service of others and the use of power and responsibility for good, he will make a positive difference in our world. If he is respectful, recognising the value and dignity of others, he will conduct himself in ways that make all of us proud.

As Trinity, while there are myriad activities and opportunities taking place, and there are many goals that we hope to achieve with our boys and in partnership with our families, ultimately, we are aiming for the formation of character.

Such growth takes time. The success, or otherwise, of our endeavours is revealed only gradually.

Read stories of Trinity Old Boys here or let us send you our bi-annual Trinity News magazine that includes stories not just of our students today, but also the men they grow up to be.

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