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Trinity Grammar School, Sydney
An independent, non-selective, Anglican school for boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.
119 Prospect Road
Summer Hill
PO Box 174 Summer Hill NSW 2130
Sydney Inner-West
02 9581 6000
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115-125 The Boulevarde
Strathfield NSW 2135

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335 Woollamia Road
Woollamia NSW 2540

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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Trinity Grammar School

Trinity Grammar School is an independent Anglican 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 of these factors promote a rich cultural ethos and allows the School to develop the individual talents of each and every boy.

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

Trinity has entry points throughout the School, but the main intakes 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 for more information.


Trinity Grammar School provides a thoroughly Christian education for boys. Since its inception, the Christian faith has been proclaimed in the School community and reflected in the life of the School, underpinning everything we do.

As a consequence of this Christian foundation, our School prioritises relationships and community.

Specifically, we prioritise respect and humility in relationships; building a community in which people belong and to which they will contribute.

The primary activity of a school community is education. At Trinity, that is education of the mind, the body and the spirit. A Trinity education is broad, encompassing the whole boy, not just his academics. Our breadth in education enables our students to expand their horizons and explore new possibilities.

It follows that a Trinity education is challenging. It requires boys to strive and persevere and be courageous. We have high expectations of our students, believing that there is more in them than they know.

At the same time, we prioritise support of our students. The journey from childhood through adolescence to adulthood is not easy, and each boy has unique needs and challenges. They don’t face these alone. Their School is on their side.

Through challenge and support, our focus is on growth. We do celebrate excellence in every field, and Trinity boys frequently rise to the highest of standards, but growth is the more important lens through which we look. We wholeheartedly believe that every boy can grow.

Ultimately, our goal is the formation of character. Our world needs men who are decent and trustworthy, and our School aims to play our role in shaping them. The true value of a Trinity education is seen in the character of our men in the years long after their graduation.

Trinity employs highly specialised and passionate educators who mentor and guide each student to make learning engaging and stimulating. Students are well supported, challenged and encouraged to continually improve, at whatever age or stage.

Trinity has qualification pathways to the IB Diploma, HSC, or vocational education and also offers unparalleled music, creative arts and sports programmes in its co-curricular offerings. Trinity is one of only nine schools globally to be accredited as a World Academy of Sport Athlete Friendly Education Centre.

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. This 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.

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.
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 all 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 include all text books, stationery packs, access to information technology resources, curriculum related excursions and camps, and co-curricular activities and sport.**Please note 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.
Boarding at Trinity is different. Offering separate boarding facilities, boarding is available for Years 10 through 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 over 100 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

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 a 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.

Trinity Grammar leads 2018 International Baccalaureate results

2018 scholarsTrinity Grammar School Sydney’s 2018 International Baccalaureate results are its best on record and demonstrate once again the School’s reputation for academic excellence, enabling individual students to excel across a wide range of subjects – and achieving world-best results. NineTrinity students earned the perfect score of 45 (equal first in the world, with an ATAR of 99.95); a further five students were just one mark off the perfect score with 44 (ATAR of 99.85); and an impressive 23 percent of the IB cohort achieved an ATAR of 99 or higher.

Only 68 perfect scores were awarded worldwide, and only 27 were awarded in Australia. This means Trinity students achieved an impressive 30 percent of all 45s awarded in Australia and 12 percent of the total perfect scores worldwide.

Trinity students achieved an average overall score of 37.39 (equal to an ATAR of 94.42), with an impressive 32 percent of the Trinity cohort receiving the IB Certificate of Distinction for scoring 40 and above (equivalent to the HSC Premier’s All-Rounder Award with an ATAR of 98.25 or above). The world average mark was 28.58 while the Australian average was 34.

An astounding 84 percent of Trinity IB students achieved an ATAR equivalent to 90 or higher, while 94 percent achieved an ATAR equivalent of 85 or higher.

Trinity student Nicholas Testa of Yowie Bay joined Trinity Grammar School in Year 2. He cites his greatest achievements as being awarded Dux in his Year group every year from Years 3 to 12, and forging strong friendships along the way. His diligence has paid off with Nicholas achieving a perfect IB score of 45. “In my senior years, Economics came to the forefront of my learning as it was a great symbiosis of my maths talents and real-world scenarios. The passion of the Economics department is what has inspired me to pursue this at university,” said Nicholas.

Marcus Buvac, who also achieved the top score of 45, said “I think that the IB really provides you with the opportunity to grow as an individual, and teaches you mental resilience and fortitude.” Marcus is most proud of the way he turned his academic career around between Year 10 and 11: “It was a pretty big achievement for me and I am glad that I got there in the end.”

Calvin Li of Cabarita has been a student of Trinity Grammar School since Pre-Kindergarten and used his brother as motivation. “I wanted to beat my brother who got 44!” exclaimed Calvin.  With the best possible score of 45 (ATAR equivalent to 99.95), Calvin has managed to surpass his brother’s achievements.

Alexander Maloof admits that managing heavy workloads and stress were a challenge, but he overcame this by regularly speaking with his peers, parents and teachers. “The teachers are intrinsically motivated and showed genuine care for my wellbeing and all-round school performance,” said Alexander, who scored 45.

The IB Diploma has continued to grow in popularity at Trinity Grammar School with almost half of the 2018 Year 12 cohort choosing to complete the IB instead of the HSC. This makes it the largest group ever to undertake this rigorous programme at Trinity Grammar School.

Asked why he chose the IB programme, Adam Nazha responds, “It was quite a difficult decision for me, as I was certainly considering doing the HSC. I ultimately decided to do the IB because it allowed me to do a further maths course, and it didn’t place any emphasis on cohort rankings, which I definitely think helped develop a sense of camaraderie amongst the IB cohort. CAS (Creativity Activity Service) also presented the opportunity to give back to the community.” Adam too achieved the top mark of 45.

Nicholas Pavic of Ryde credits his Mum as the inspiration for his top result of 45. A member of Cadets, Nicholas found that co-curricular activities provided a much-needed outlet for stress during challenging times of the IB. “I found participation in co-curricular activities and sport to be a perfect way to unwind during stressful times. There was nothing better than running a major Cadet exercise or playing some cricket to relax,” he said.

Steven Serb is pinching himself after learning he achieved the highest possible score of 45. “I was only expecting 42 so I’m still in shock,” he said. “During all my exam periods, I was very calm and I feel that this helped me do my best in my exams,” Steven added. He hopes to study Veterinary Medicine.

Many of our IB students are already well on their way. Lelland Hui has been offered a University of New South Wales Co-op scholarship for Marketing and a Macquarie University Co-op scholarship for Accounting. Finn Ritchie has been awarded one of only five Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Achievement Scholarships at University of Technology Sydney. “This award is usually given only to HSC students, so I think it is really promising to see some IB students get recognition,” commented Finn. Alexander Kolesnikoff has accepted a scholarship offer from Ivy League School, Harvard University, in the USA.

Nicholas Testa has recently completed admission interviews with Cambridge University in the UK and has been offered scholarships at Western Sydney University and St John’s College, University of Sydney where he has also been guaranteed entry. Clarinet player Andrew Kim has been given the opportunity to participate in the Advance Entry Scheme programme at UNSW, where he will start his Music degree with the second year syllabus/course in his first year.

When combining HSC and IB results, 26 Trinity Year 12 students came in the top one percent of the State while 49 percent of the combined HSC/IB Year 12 cohort came in the top 10 percent of the State.

“The Class of 2018 has performed exceedingly well and I’m very proud of its outstanding achievements across both the IB and HSC programmes,” said Head Master Tim Bowden.

“We are delighted for the Class of 2018 and the IB students’ amazing achievements in the programme. While these are outstanding results, they should not be the only measure of success – far more valuable is to look at the men of character that our boys have become. We hope they can step out and face the world with confidence, resilience and resourcefulness, with the wisdom to know when to speak and the courage to stand for what is right.”

“The widely publicised school rankings don’t paint the full picture. These are based solely on HSC results and exclude the ATARs of all International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. While comparisons between the HSC and IB are inevitable, it is important to recognise that one is not better than the other! The choice will depend on the individual student and his learning style, his areas of interest, and what he hopes to achieve in the future. We strongly believe in choosing the path best suited to the individual student,” said Mr Bowden. 

Trinity established the IB programme in NSW in 1998 and delivers the widest range of IB and HSC subject choices within the State. The School expects academic success and has consistently maintained its high standard.

“As our Year 12 boys move into post-secondary education and vocation, we wish them well. They have done themselves proud in continuing the tradition of excellence at Trinity,” Mr Bowden concluded.

Trinity Grammar School encourages your son to realise his potential, pursue his passions and discover his purpose all within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.

To learn more about the Trinity difference and to discover why we are one of Sydney's leading schools for boys, download our prospectus.


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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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.

You will need to apply for a Scholarship in November when your son is in Year 5. The closing date for ALL applications will be at the start of February when your son is in Year 6. Further details can be found on the School’s website.

In addition, we offer Year 10 Scholarships which open in May the year your son is in Year 9. Boys are expected to commence Year 10 in Term 4 of Year 9. Further details can be found on our scholarships page.

A leader in academic achievement, Trinity prides itself on consistently having students in the top one per cent of the state. 

In 2018, it recorded the best results in the School's history.

  • 9 ATAR 99.95 (9 full marks in the IB - equal first in the world)
  • 26 students in the top one percent of NSW (ATAR 99+)
  • 34 All Round achievers or IB Distinctions
  • 2 Showcase selections
  • 49% ATAR 90+
  • 57% ATAR 85+

By many measures, the achievements of our boys in 2018 are the best in the School’s history, and I am immensely proud of all our boys and their achievements whether they be in the HSC, the IB or indeed vocational education.

Nine boys gained a 45 in the IB Diploma, which equates to an ATAR of 99.95. Only 28 students in Australia achieved this mark in 2018, and only 68 such scores were recorded worldwide. We believe this to be the most number of perfect scores achieved at one school in Australian history.

In the challenges presented by their secondary schooling, how those boys who rose to eminence got there is a result of the interplay of many factors.

The boys’ natural ability is but one factor. Environmental factors such as the context in which one is raised and educated; the individuals that one encounters; and the opportunities that are provided are other key factors. And then there are the intrapersonal traits and capacities, including motivation, will-power, and self-regulation which also come into play.

These factors interact with one another in the wonderfully rich tapestry of life. This complex interaction of elements, embodied in a unique way for each individual student, is the learning process.

However, it is important to recognise that the boys did not achieve these results in isolation. Their families, friends, school and teachers all played a part.

Then, there is the element of chance. In Christian thinking, rather than chance, we speak of God’s providence. Our conviction is that, behind the apparent blindness of chance, there is a sovereign hand at work weaving together all things for the divine purpose.

That is why, as well as congratulating our young men, and acknowledging the contributions of so many people in helping them to this point, it is entirely appropriate to express thankfulness to the God whose providence undergirds the learning that takes place in our School day-by-day.

While we proudly recognise these outstanding academic achievements, it is prudent to remember that success at School should not be limited to scores and rankings. Our mission at Trinity is to educate boys in mind, body and spirit. To that end 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.

Equally pleasing to the boys, their families and their teachers, were the results that did not necessarily make headlines, but which were achieved through sustained hard work and diligence. Through their efforts, the boys have opened the doors to their next opportunities and adventures.

The final credential at secondary school looms so large for so long and then, suddenly, it is in the rear-view mirror and has diminishing significance. We rejoice with all our boys for their achievements and we wish them God’s richest blessings in the next chapter of life, whatever that may be.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden
Head Master

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)


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 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.

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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.

Trinity Grammar School Buses

Balmain/Rozelle/Lilyfield (morning and afternoon)

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 information please visit our website www.trinity.nsw.edu.au

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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. While the path to selfdiscovery may not always be clear, we offer ample support and guidance along the journey.

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.

On one level, it is hard to gauge the full impact of a Trinity education; after all, our goals as parents and educators are not just focussed on the eighteen year old graduate, but also on the man of thirty, and fifty, and seventy years. However, the young men who graduate from Trinity each year give us confidence that our efforts are not in vain. As part of your research into our school, I strongly urge you to seek out and speak with some of the men who have been a part of this community; it will be instructive to see what they have to say about their school experience.
If you want your son to receive an outstanding Christian holistic education where he will have his best opportunity to realise his unique potential, passions and purpose in life, then consider Trinity.

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

Mr Tim Bowden, Head Master

Parents go to school for Swap day 2019

John Allen | Master of the Middle School


020319 Latest news swap day DSC 0864In Trinity news, parents of Year 7 boys recently had the opportunity to swap places with their sons, attending classes and navigating the School’s classrooms, lockers and lessons. It was great to see such a large number of parents register for the event, taking up the opportunity to learn more about their son’s routine and develop connections with a range of teachers.

Parents enjoyed a variety of experiences in Christian Studies, Maths, English, PDHPE, Music, Visual Arts and more. I congratulate the parents for taking on the challenge with such a positive spirit, and the members of staff who facilitated the programme and alternative schedule for the boys.

Asked for their views about Swap Day, parents had some insightful comments:

“Fascinating, fun and exhausting day! Education is so different now.”

“The teachers are amazing, and the facilities are extraordinary. These boys are so fortunate!”

“Swap Day is a very worthwhile exercise for parents. It will certainly make me understand his challenges better.”

“It is encouraging to see the interaction of the boys across the cohorts and especially nice to see the support given to the younger students by the older ones.”

“This is such a positive environment which promotes a great culture for the School, and instils good values for the boys. It has also helped my son settle in quickly.”

“So much to take in. School has changed so much since I was at school. Especially interesting to see how technology is integrated into their learning. I now appreciate the busyness of the day and sympathise why my son says so little when I pick him up in the afternoons. He is just very, very tired!”

“Swap Day is a fantastic opportunity to give parents a better understanding of what our sons experience through their school day. “

“During Geography the teacher spoke openly about the impact that the drought and the floods have had on the mental health of our farmers. He candidly shared with the boys, that his brother is one of those farmers. I commend the school for encouraging the boys to openly talk about mental health – dismantling the stigma attached to it in society and especially the corporate world. It was also great to experience House Period and watch the boys easily interacting with boys from different cohorts. Great to see them stand up and speak, building their confidence and public speaking skills. Great Day. Both parents should make the effort to attend! Being here today will allow me to understand the pressures of his day as well as all the wonderful opportunities that he has ahead of him.”

“The teachers and the lesson style inspire me to go back to study! When I opened my lunch box today, I found a card from my son wishing me a great SWAP DAY! The boys have been so helpful in guiding us around the school. Their respectfulness is impressive. They come across as being confident and yet humble! But it’s good to know that they are still boys at heart.”

“Very enjoyable day! Interesting to see the teachers in action and observe the different teaching styles. In observing the lesson, I will be better equipped to help him with his learning and expand and what the teachers are trying to convey.”

We aim to help boys discover their innate talents and unlock their full potential within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.
Trinity provides an abundance of opportunities which nurtures boys to grow into men who are clear and passionate about their unique talents. 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.

To experience the Trinity difference for yourself, and to find out why we are one of the top schools for boys in Sydney, register for our open day.

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