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Trinity Grammar School, Summer Hill
An independent, non-selective, Anglican day and boarding school for boys.
119 Prospect Road
Summer Hill
New South Wales
2130
PO Box 174 Summer Hill NSW 2130
Sydney Inner-West
02 9581 6000
Preparatory School
115-125 The Boulevarde
Strathfield NSW 2135

 

 World Academy of Sport Accredited Athlete Friendly Education Centre

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Pre K - Year 12
$16,600 to $30,600
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02308G
Boys
2,000
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Tertiary Pathways
  • Sport
  • Performing Arts
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Trinity Grammar School

Trinity Grammar School is an Anglican day and boarding School for boys, from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, located at Summer Hill and Strathfield. Since its foundation in 1913, Trinity has forged a reputation for academic excellence, nurturing pastoral care, and participation in a wide range of sporting activities, co-curricular programmes and the creative and performing arts, all these factors promoting a rich cultural ethos and development of the individual talents of each boy.

Centrally located in Sydney’s thriving inner-west, Trinity draws boys from a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and many different suburbs across Sydney, the state of NSW as well as the rest of Australia and overseas.

Trinity has entry points throughout the School, but key ones are Pre-K and Kindergarten for the younger boys and Year 7 for those looking at Senior School only. Please speak to one of our Enrolment team members regarding your entry point today.

 

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Facilities

Trinity Grammar School is committed to providing facilities that fully cater for modern global learning. These include: School of Music, School of Science, the Design Centre which caters for Technology and Design and the Visual Arts, multimedia production and recording studios, film, TV and post production suites, language labs, Drama Theatre, pastoral care centre and Library. Trinity Grammar LibraryThis purpose-built Arthur Holt Library has been designed with three core user experience elements in mind; Functionality, Flexibility and Connectivity. The fully flexible spaces range from quiet study to group collaboration, including a modern soft furnishing reading zone as well as class and small meeting areas.

The School offers an extensive range of sporting activities that allow boys to develop and succeed to elite level in one or more sports. Trinity’s sporting facilities are state-of-the-art and match the potential and passion of the boys to reach professional levels:
• Three playing fields at Summer Hill campus
• Two Rugby and Cricket ovals
• FIFA-approved Football synthetic playing surface
• This synthetic playing surface is multi-purpose – with Cricket played during the summer – resulting in a third Cricket oval.
• Mondo all-weather Running track
• Two Long Jump pits
• High Jump facility
• Shot Put circle
• Discus throwing cage
• Gymnasium including Volleyball courts
• Indoor and outdoor Basketball courts
• Strength and conditioning centre
• Squash Court
• Indoor Swimming and Diving complex
• 10 synthetic Cricket Nets
• Trinity Tennis Centre (offsite – 6 courts and clubhouse at Ashbury)
• Soon to be completed Aquatic Centre – 50m Olympic sized pool; uniform 2m depth Water Polo space and second Gymnasium
• On-site physiotherapy facility

Trinity also has an Environmental Field Studies Centre in Huskisson.

The Preparatory School at Strathfield houses the multi-purpose Pre-Kindergarten space, Infants and Primary Centres, as well as a gymnasium, purpose-built library, music centre and protected outdoor play areas.

Curriculum

Trinity provides arguably the most extensive curriculum of non-selective independent boys’ schools in NSW – with the globally recognised International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), the IB Diploma Programme and the NSW HSC on offer. Alternatively, boys can follow the Trinity Vocational Academic Course (TVAC) pathway in Years 11 and 12 or the School Based Traineeships offered by Trinity as a Registered Training Organisation.

Additionally, there is a national accredited Certificate II Leadership Through Cadets course, the only one of its kind offered in Australia.

This wide-ranging curriculum caters from the intellectually gifted to those more interested in vocational programmes, focusing on developing the whole student regardless of whichever programme he embarks upon, allowing him to gain confidence in his abilities and to achieve excellence in whatever he may pursue.

 

Extras

In 2015 Trinity Grammar School was honoured as the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre, being one of only nine schools globally. This accreditation will help Trinity continue leading the way in providing flexibility and support for exceptional student athletes to study the IB Diploma over a period of up to four years rather than the standard two years.

Trinity's varied and engaging teaching methods incorporate authenticity and real-world learning. This ensures every Trinity boy is challenged, inspired and guided to become a successful, compassionate, internationally-minded man.

The eLearning department helps staff and students PreK-12 harness innovative technologies that enhance teaching and learning. Our passionate eLearning Integrators provide tailored training for our staff and work with students across E-learningall campuses to ensure that as a school we are at the forefront of innovative learning. eLearning staff promote and support the adoption of a blended learning model at Trinity. We have introduced an innovative suite of web based tools that support our students in accessing their learning anytime, anywhere.

Our focus on digital fluency exposes our students to authentic learning tasks and equips them with the digital skill set required for life beyond Trinity. Our students have access to the newest technology and benefit from the personalised learning enabled through our 1:1 devices, Chromebook and BYOD programmes. Students can access their virtual classroom 24/7 and use a variety of platforms and tools including Canvas, Google Apps for Education and Office 365.

Trinity’s School Tuition fees ranging from $16,600 to $30,600 include all text books, stationery packs, access to information technology resources, curriculum related excursions and camps, and co-curricular activities and sport.*
*Please note Service Week, private instrumental lessons and Sporting Tours may carry additional charges.

Co-curricular Activities

Trinity’s compulsory co-curricular programme involves activities that are aimed at developing important skills in leadership, communication, performance, creativity, decision-making, cooperation and service.

Activities include Music via a symphony orchestra, bands and a range of choirs; Cadets; Debating; Chess; Mathematics Club; the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; Visual Arts; Cubs, Scouts; Media Production; Drama and many other activities. Additionally there are music and sporting academies for those boys who are identified as outstanding candidates.

Trinity Grammar School has always provided a rich cultural environment which develops and enables boys to perform at their highest levels. The School is renowned for its encouragement of music, operating in purpose built facilities, with a breadth of performing arts being taught, encouraged and fostered by some of the most passionate and expert staff in the country.

Trinity Orchestra 

Boarding

Trinity Grammar School BoardingBoarding at Trinity is different. Offering separate boarding facilities, boarding starts from Year 7 through to Year 12 and is kept deliberately small so that your son can receive the highest standard of care and mentoring available.

Trinity has the highest boarding staff to boarder ratio of any boarding school in Sydney and has been shaping young men through a boarding education for more than 102 years. Trinity creates a family environment within its boarding house with staff who understand the parental and pastoral needs of raising children and, in particular, young men.

Pastoral Care

Trinity Grammar Pastoral care

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’. Trinity’s Secondary vertical House system provides strong peer relationships, and our Life Skills Programme nurtures emotional intelligence for the entirety of your boy’s School life.

At Trinity every boy is known, cared for and guided to grow in mind, body and spirit. Every Trinitarian has an extensive range of educational opportunities where he can discover and develop his skills, talents and aspirations and find his passions and purpose in life.
We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over the past century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed. At Trinity every boy has his best opportunity of realising his potential, passions and purpose in life.
To provide a thoroughly Christian education for boys, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning. We actively encourage our students to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, in order that they may become responsible, contributing members of society.

Transport Options

The School’s Buses

Concord/Cabarita/Canada Bay (morning and afternoon)

Cronulla via Sans Souci (morning)

Cronulla (afternoon)

Miranda/Blakehurst (morning)

Oatley/Hurstville – Junior School Only (morning only)

Peakhurst/Oatley/Hurstville (morning and afternoon)

Phillip Bay/Matraville/Maroubra/Randwick/Daceyville (morning and afternoon)

Putney/Gladesville/Hunters Hill/Drummoyne/Rodd Point (morning and afternoon)

Sans Souci via Sydenham Station (afternoon)

Sutherland/Menai/Illawong (morning and afternoon)

Sydenham Station/Wolli Creek Station (afternoon)

To and from the Preparatory School at Strathfield

For more informaton please visit our website www.trinity.nsw.edu.au

Programs

Education at Trinity is delivered by motivated, creative and caring classroom teachers using exceptional facilities and resources. From the significant foundation years of schooling, boys are provided with  opportunities to develop in Mind, Body and Spirit.

Trinity Grammar boysA wide-ranging curriculum caters for all students - from the intellectually gifted to those more interested in vocational courses - and is arguably the most extensive curriculum of non-selective Independent Boys Schools across NSW. This means boys may access demanding, challenging courses that promise real academic accomplishment, achievable through hard work and good teaching.

This breadth of choice along with Trinity’s varied and engaging teaching methods incorporates authenticity and real-world learning.

PYP - (Primary Years Programme)

Trinity Grammar School understands the importance of making a good beginning. From the significant foundation years of schooling, boys are provided with opportunities to develop in Mind, Body and Spirit. The boys’ needs are met by a differentiated, inquiry based curriculum, delivered by motivated, creative and caring classroom teacheK-6rs using exceptional facilities and resources.

At the core of this is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) which guides boys to become independent inquiry learners. The PYP, for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, focuses on the development of the whole child, in the classroom and also in the world outside. It offers a framework that meets the academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs of each child.

Delivering the Board of Studies curriculum outcomes, the PYP Programme adopts a comprehensive approach to learning with a global perspective. Based on an inquiry learning model, the PYP gives your son ownership of his learning to develop his research and critical thinking skills. He will be able to pursue his own interests and make meaningful connections with what he is learning to his home, the community and the world. This breadth of experience will help him to become a socially conscious, internationally minded and independent learner.

HSC - (Higher School Certificate)

The Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the traditional pre-tertiary credential for students in New South Wales. Every University accepts the credential throughout Australia. The internal assessment in Year 12 worth 50% and the final external exams worth 50%.

Trinity offers a wealth of subjects and study opportunities, arguably the widest in the State ranging from the highly academic to the creative and the vocational and delivered by experienced staff. There is considerable flexibility offered to students in unusual circumstances or personal difficulty.

IB - (International Baccalaureate)

 

IB

The globally recognised International Baccalaureate diploma is another academic pathway that Trinity Grammar School offers students in Years 11 and 12. Introduced in 1998, Trinity has been a consistently high performer with an average IB score of 36 and 12 maximum IB scores of 45 since the turn of the century. Trinity’s 2014 class actually received the best IB School results in the country.

 Again, like the HSC, Trinity offers arguably the widest range of IB subject choices delivered by experienced IB teachers. Currently over 25% of Trinity's senior students undertake the diploma because of its international outlook, the variety of subjects offered, the way it prepares students for further tertiary study and Trinity's IB continued successes.

WAoSTrinity also recently became the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC). It is one of only 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 from 2016 over a period of up to four years instead of the normal two years.

TVAC - (Trinity Vocational Academic Course)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have the capacity to engage and challenge students to maximise their individual talents. Acquiring a TVACrange of technical, practical, personal and organisational abilities, boys develop industry-recognised skills to engage in the working world. As an RTO (Registered Training Organisation), Trinity offers boys in Year 11 and 12 a unique vocational pathway, with VET Certificate II courses in Construction Pathways, Electrotechnology and Hospitality and Certificate III courses in Information Digital Media Technology and Entertainment.

Encompassing school-based traineeships, these are courses exclusive to Trinity, providing boys with both vocational training and an ATAR. Additionally, there is a nationally accredited Certificate II Leadership Through Cadets course, the only one of its kind in Australia.

Sport

Sport is an essential element of the life of every Trinity boy and is compulsory from Years 3 to 12. Essential for healthy living, disciplined care of the body and the cultivation of temperate habits are an integral component of the development of a well-rounded boy. The vast range of sporting activities provides your son with the opportunity to succeed and develop through to the elite level in one or more of many different sports. It will enable him to develop skills that will translate into all facets of his adult life. The emphasis on students working in teams opens further avenues for leadership and co-operation.

With coaching staff supported by sport specialists who reflect our culture and beliefs, boys learn how to cope with adversity, to lose with dignity, and to win with grace.

Trinity Grammar School is at the forefront of sport education and has launched a new programme that will contribute to students achieving the Australian Government’s daily physical activity recommendations. The School introduced the Fundamental and Active Skills at Trinity (FAST) programme in 2015. Aimed at Preparatory and Junior School students, the programme aims to increase students’ Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) and physical activity both exclusively and inclusively of PE lessons.

The programme was launched in response to the 2014 Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People. The Report Card suggests there is a need for improvement in physical activity levels in Australian children. A number of recommendations were made for improvements for physical education and physical activity participation in schools, active play, aerobic fitness and movement skills.

basketball Cross country Cricket
Football Swimming 

Co-Curricular

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

From Dramatic Arts and Music to Debating and Self-Defence, Co-Curricular Activities are a vital component of the Trinity Triangle and essential to growing ‘well-rounded’ boys, building boys’ self-confidence and further enhancing their connectedness to the School.

Creative Arts

The School boasts an unparalleled Creative Arts programme, enabling your son to enjoy a rich array of media, with first-class facilities for ceramics, sculpture, dance, drama, music, and more.Creative arts

From its outset Trinity Grammar School has provided a rich cultural environment enabling boys to recite their stories and express the intangibles of life. Long before schools in general were made to offer classes in Art or Music as part of a curriculum, Trinity’s Society of the Arts has been providing opportunities for boys to be exposed to fine Art and Music with which they would not normally come in to contact. This rich history has been the foundation for a breadth of performing and exhibition arts being taught, encouraged and fostered by some of the most passionate and expert staff in the country.

With the dedicated Delmar Art Gallery on the Summer Hill campus, boys are exposed to art exhibitions and installations as well as having a professional space to exhibit their own work.

Principal's Message

Our mission at Trinity Grammar School is to help boys discover their innate talents and unlock their full potential within the context of a supportive Christian environment. A school for boys by choice, not by chance, we have guided boys to grow in Mind, Body and Spirit for the past century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.

Each year when I meet the new boys on their first day of school, I am filled with the hope that every student will be able to discover his unique God-given talents, enabling him to grow into the best man he can be.

With an extensive range of world class educational programmes — including the International Baccalaureate, vocational competencies and one of the broadest range of co-curricular activities — Trinity provides a wealth of opportunities for every boy to develop his skills, whatever they might be.

Fuelled by a pastorally aware culture with exceptionally high levels of individual student attention, we pride ourselves on knowing, understanding and nurturing every student. I have the privilege and the pleasure of conducting one-on-one interviews with our senior graduating students. I witness the true success of a Trinity education by speaking with the well-rounded young men our boys have become.

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 consider Trinity. We look forward to welcoming your family to the Trinity community where your son will have his best opportunity to realise his unique potential, passions and purpose in life.

"Detur Gloria Soli Deo" (Let glory be given to God alone),

Mr Milton Cujes, Head Master

Scholarships

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

To apply for a Scholarship please note 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.

Test Results

A leader in academic achievement, Trinity prides itself on consistently having students in the top one per cent of the state, with many students graduating with University scholarships from leading institutions around the world.

In 2014, it recorded the best IB School results in Australia, with 95% of the class exceeding the IB world average, including four perfect IB scores of 45 equivalent to an ATAR maximum of 99.95, equal first in the state and six IB scores of 44, an ATAR equivalent of 99.85. 

When combined with their HSC results, this saw 10% of their students receiving an ATAR equivalent of 99+, equal to the top 1% of the state; 25% attained an ATAR at or above 95; 35% achieved an ATAR at or above 90 and 51% accomplished an ATAR at or above 85.

Past Student Profiles

Past Student Profiles

Cameron Griffith | Dominic Gilbert | Alexander Palmer

Life at Trinity and Beyond

Cameron Griffith

Cameron Griffith is a recent graduate of Trinity Grammar School (’14) who was awarded a scholarship to the University of Arkansas in the United States, following his high performance in Track and Field. In addition to his sporting achievements, Cameron completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2014, graduating with an exceptional score of 30 (83 ATAR).


Credentials: Trinity Grammar SchoolCameron griffith

 

  • IB Diploma (2014)
  • Member of three CAS Track and Field Championships and the inaugural CAS Premiership
  • Dual Australian All Schools Champion 2012 and 2013 800m and 1500m events
  • 2014 Australian Cross Country Champion
  • Recipient of Pierre De Coubertin Award in 2014
  • 1st Volleyball
  • Scholarship to the University of Arkansas in the United States Track and Field

 

Cameron commenced his studies at Trinity as a Year 3 student in 2005. During his time at the School, Cameron worked hard to excel academically while striving to achieve his sporting goals. His main sporting events were Track and Field and Cross Country, while he also played 1st Volleyball.

Cameron competed at three CAS Track and Field Championships and the inaugural CAS Premiership, was dual Australian All Schools Champion 2012 and 2013 for the 800m 1500m events and the 2014 Australian Cross Country Champion. Cameron also received the Pierre De Coubertin Award in 2014, an annual award appointed by the Australian Olympic Committee to recognise senior secondary students who demonstrate sporting attributes consistent with Olympism.

“Not only has Trinity given me the foundations for university but also lifelong friends, many of whom are staff members. I will always have fond memories of Trinity and acknowledge it as a key factor in developing me into the person I am today.”

Cameron chose to complete the International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme, which allowed him to balance his studies with training and perform highly in both areas.

Cameron’s performances in Track and Field resulted in him being offered scholarships to three different universities in the US, including Oklahoma, Villanova and Arkansas. He chose a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arkansas based on the options of being able to follow Environmental Science, Nutrition or Biomedical Science and will commence his studies there in August. Cameron’s ultimate goal is to become a professional athlete.

World Academy of Sport accreditation         

Cameron credits his academic and sporting success to the opportunities offered at Trinity and the flexibility and support given by the staff. Trinity Grammar School is the first school in Australasia to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre ­– one of only nine IB schools in the world to receive accreditation.

The School completed its accreditation visit by the World Academy of Sport in 2014, showcasing its impressive sport programme and state of the art facilities.

This accreditation means that from 2016 Trinity will be able to support the requirements of its future high performing student athletes, such as Cameron, even more effectivelyby allowing them to gain their IB Diploma over a period of up to four years instead of the normal two years. This will enable these exceptional student athletes to  combine their challenging training schedules and commitments with their academic studies.

Student feedback

“Trinity has been my second home for the past ten years, providing me with the foundations to embark on the next stage of my life, not only academically but also athletically. The School has given me the opportunity to explore all of my interests, varying from a number of sports to playing a musical instrument. However, it was the support and encouragement that was given to me by my teachers, coaches and peers that allowed me to excel. As a result I was offered a scholarship to the University of Arkansas in the United States, one of the best Track and Field universities in the country.”

Cameron Griffith (2014)

From the Trinity Athletic Coach

“A few words come to mind when I think about Cameron and they are Passionate, Dedicated, Realist, Potential, Humble and a Gentleman. Over the years I have come to know Cameron on both a personal and professional level and I have seen him grow from strength to strength. Most of the attributes that Cameron has as an athlete and a person stem from his wonderful family. However, I feel the maturity and independence I see in him now has been developed by Trinity and his need to balance both School life and his athletic endeavours. I think his move to the US later this year will be a wonderful experience which hopefully will see him develop into a world class athlete.”

Mr Bradley Woods

 

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Choose Trinity to inspire your boy to achieve

Dominic Gilbert

Dominic Gilbert is a recent graduate of Trinity Grammar School (’13) who achieved outstanding results both academically and in the sporting arena, excelling in all areas of his schooling. Dominic completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2013, graduating with an exceptional score of 37 (95.5 ATAR) and won three consecutive Combined of Associated Schools (CAS) titles as a member of the 1st V Basketball team. Dominic was awarded an Academic and Athletic Scholarship to the University of British Columbia in Canada, where he plans to study a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics.
 


Credentials: Trinity Grammar School

 

  • IB Diploma (2013)
  • Winner of three consecutive CAS titles, 1st V Basketball team
  • Attended CAS Track and Field and Swimming Championships
  • Academic and Athletic Scholarship – University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics) – Currently studying


Schooling Success from classroom to court

Dominic Gilbert spent six years at Trinity Grammar School where he combined his passion for basketball and other sporting activities with his determination to excel academically. Reflecting on his time at Trinity, Dominic appreciated the School’s capacity to provide an environment suited to the individual needs of each boy. “The School provides an abundance of opportunities, whether that be in the classroom, on the sporting field or elsewhere. This allows for the students who are ambitious and determined to succeed and achieve the goals they set out for themselves,” Dominic said.

Dominic’s decision to study the School’s IB Diploma served him well, allowing him the opportunity to customise an academic programme that gave him time to devote to his sporting goals in basketball. “I believe the IB prepared me very well for university. The numerous exams, internal assessments and the extended essay I had to complete, as well as having to juggle all of this with training and playing basketball, significantly improved my time management and organisational skills,” he said.

His high-ranking IB score of 37 resulted in Dominic being awarded an Academic and Athletic Scholarship to the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he plans to further his studies as outlined above. The University is ranked 30th in the world with the Economics programme ranked in the world’s top 20. Dominic aspires to perform well and stand out on the collegiate level at UBC to achieve his life-long goal of playing basketball at a professional level.

International Baccalaureate

Dominic credits his academic and sporting success to the opportunities offered at Trinity, acknowledging his decision to study the School’s IB Diploma, a programme widely recognised by universities and employers throughout the world, as one that put him in good stead to achieve his goals.

Trinity has a proud history of producing fine IB graduates and in 2014, the School achieved its best ever IB results. The average score of Trinity Grammar School candidates was a staggering 39.05, almost ten points higher than the world average of 29.95.

Trinity has offered the IB Diploma to Year 11 and 12 students for the past 16 years. Today, over 25% of senior students undertake this challenging course, crediting its international outlook, broad variety of subjects and its reputation for providing ideal preparation for tertiary studies.

A global citizen

Studying abroad after high school was something Dominic had always considered. With the IB being highly regarded throughout the world, Dominic saw the Diploma Programme as a favourable option. “The strong sense of community the School has and the excellent academic standards can be seen through its exceptional IB programme.” Dominic said.

Student feedback

“Looking back at my life at Trinity, I strongly believe the education and experience I gained was invaluable and has significantly prepared me for life after high school.”

“Trinity has a true multi-cultural environment. This, I believe, encourages students to learn about other cultures through interaction with their classmates, which in turn allows them to become more open-minded and aware of the world.”

“Reflecting on my time and experiences at the School, I truly understand the importance and the value of going to school at Trinity.”

Dominic Gilbert (2013)

 

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From Trinity to Cambridge and beyond

Alexander Palmer

Alexander Palmer is a successful film, television and video game composer, arranger and musical director. After graduating from Trinity Grammar School with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2009, Alexander studied Music at the prestigious University of Cambridge in the UK and then Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games at Berklee College of Music’s Spanish campus in Valencia.

 

Credentials: Trinity Grammar School
  • Music scholarship recipient
  • Inaugural member of the Trinity Music Academy
  • Music Captain (2009)
  • Peter Dart Music Composition Prize winner
  • Year 12 Music Prize winner
  • Colours – Symphony Orchestra; Chapel Choir
  • IB Diploma (2009)
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
  • Berklee College of Music, Spain
  • Masters in Music

                                                                                              

Developing a passion for Music

Alexander Palmer spent 14 years at Trinity Grammar School where he developed a passion for music and languages. Reflecting on his time at Trinity, Alex particularly enjoyed his senior years where he was able to specialise in subjects of interest to him and participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities. “The music and languages departments in particular were continual sources of stimulation and happiness,” Alex said.

Alex remembers a group music class in Year 3 where students were encouraged to select different mallet instruments and play simple songs in big groups. “It was a great way of teaching kids who are too young for true orchestras or other musical ensembles that group music-making is very powerful,” Alex said. He credits a number of Trinity Grammar School teachers for inspiring his passion for music.

Having studied Music at school for ten years it is little wonder this accomplished 22-year old travelled in this direction as his chosen career path. Alex was keen to study Music at the University of Cambridge as he felt he would receive a more rigorous academic instruction in music compared with the more contemporary and flexible courses on offer in Australia. His decision to study the School’s IB Diploma certainly put him in good stead to achieve this goal as the programme is widely recognised throughout the world by universities and employers. http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/digital-tookit/posters/dp-10-reasons-poster-en.pdf.

International Baccalaureate

Alex believes the International Baccalaureate programme provided him with the grounding and confidence to tackle the rigours of an undergraduate degree at one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Trinity has a proud history of producing fine IB graduates and in 2014, the School achieved its best ever IB results. The average score of Trinity Grammar School candidates was a staggering 39.05, almost ten points higher than the world average of 29.95.

Trinity has offered the IB Diploma to Year 11 and 12 students for the past 16 years. Today, over 25% of senior students undertake this challenging course, crediting its international outlook, broad variety of subjects and its reputation for providing ideal preparation for tertiary studies.

A global citizen

Sydney | USA | UK | Spain – Alex’s CV reads like an airport departure board. He is as much at home in Europe and America as he is in his hometown of Sydney. This is testament to the international outlook offered through the IB and the growing trend to develop global citizens. “I really appreciated the foreign language study [of the IB Diploma] because it always gives you an affinity with a foreign country and often, the opportunity for highly stimulating travel experiences,” Alex said.

Student feedback

“Every Trinity boy should know that it is always worth choosing subjects and following paths which extend them and help them diversify their talents and knowledge. With a wide range of activities on offer, the School is the perfect place to grow into an individual with a number of talents, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Alexander Palmer (2009)

From the Director of Music

“Alex was always a fine musician and from an early age he excelled both vocally and as a Cellist. He was a real musical all-rounder who heavily involved himself in every musical event possible while not neglecting his academic study. He enjoyed life at Trinity and lived it to the full, a true ‘renaissance man’.”

Mr Phil Pratt

 

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