TCG From the principal

OUR COLLEGE LEADERSHIP

Thank you for taking the time to search for the best school for your children and for considering Trinity College Gladstone.
This is a critically important decision that will influence the future of your children significantly. As explained in Proverbs 22:6, Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.
 
Trinity College is passionate about partnering with parents to equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to be successful in their lives, in the workplaces of tomorrow, their own families someday and in society more broadly.  School is not just about academic skills, although obviously these are important. Good literacy, numeracy, scientific knowledge, understanding of history and our world and an awareness of our own bodies and how to stay fit are fundamental.  
At Trinity, we don’t just view students as vessels to pour information into, but we recognise their individuality and encourage and empower them to be who God designed them to be. This means that Trinity is passionate about providing students with ‘soft skills’ such as teamwork, instilling self-motivation and equipping them with good study habits that will be essential for life-long learning, together with a solid Biblical grounding for morals, ethics and values.
 
Trinity College operates on three Biblical pillars:
 

1 –  LIVING

Going to school should not be a chore. It should be a place where students feel welcome, intellectually stimulated and encouraged to thrive.  Our school week includes:
 
A diverse range of lunchtime activities, called ‘clubs’, to provide fun opportunities to relate to and learn things that may not be strictly within the curriculum.
 
A play-based learning approach for our kindergarten students.
 
Outdoor playground facilities, and indoor options including our Atrium, where Year 11 and 12 students can be seen at lunchtime playing ‘Uno’ together.
 
A strong student leadership program which encourages students to have a voice about how Trinity College can be even better. 
 
The student wellbeing team of qualified chaplains to support those who are finding things tough.
 
We strive to make school a great place to live and be a part of, not just a place to be educated.
 

2 – LEARNING

Our school operates on the principle of Ephesians 2:10. To shift the focus of this verse to be about students, it would read:
 
For our students are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for them to do.
 
We see education as a process of equipping our students for the workplaces of tomorrow, with the skills and understanding to succeed wherever God calls them.  This may be as a doctor, lawyer, robotics engineer or veterinary surgeon. However, it may also be a hairdresser, electrician or schoolteacher. 
Our role at Trinity College is to prepare our students for whatever lies ahead. We do this through our high quality and relational teaching staff who are a credit to their profession. We are not only passionate about the focus on core subjects, such as English and Mathematics, but many broader skills required for success, such as an advanced use of computer skills, problem solving, negotiation skills and conflict resolution.
 

3 – COMMUNITY

We are a family at Trinity College, in a Biblical sense.  We look out for each other. Through a strong disciplinary framework and commendation system, we guide our students to make correct choices, while readily forgiving when lessons need to be learned.
We have a robust bullying investigation framework, which includes online communication, to ensure students feel safe and have a positive learning environment. We make a special effort to keep parents well informed about how their children are progressing, school programs and our many school events. 
 
Our Parents in Partnership team adds value to the Trinity Community with one of the 2020 initiatives being ‘Food Friday’ – a targeted fundraising enterprise for an upcoming mission trip.  Planning is also underway for a second-hand uniform shop. We welcome parents’ participation in the life of the College and have a process where you can volunteer to assist us formally during the school day. We offer a free coffee or hot beverage to those who stay around after our Primary Chapel and Assembly.
 
Good communication between teachers, parents and students means we operate as a team with the goal of ensuring that your child is equipped to be successful in life and ready for whatever the future may bring.
“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” – African proverb.
 
May I strongly encourage you to book a tour to see Trinity College for yourself? I am confident that you will like what you see. Trinity College Gladstone fosters a high-quality learning environment that is ready for your students to be a part of, learn in and thrive.