Education

Character Development & Wellbeing

Pastoral care is a distinctive and cultural characteristic of Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition and, accordingly, is a fundamental aspect of Trinity College. 

The first generation of Christian Brothers cultivated compassionate care as a fundamental hallmark of the educational culture that they sought to create. This defining feature continues to characterise Trinity College’s approach to the pastoral care and wellbeing of each student and is informed by the four touchstones of Justice and Solidarity, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community and Liberating Education.

Each young man’s wellbeing and formation at Trinity College is a responsibility we assume with the greatest of importance and significance. Genuine pastoral care is an integral aspect of this and it is interwoven within every facet of the Trinity experience for our students.   

Our pastoral care practices develop and continue to support the mind, body, and spirit of the whole boy as he builds resilience and self-efficacy to reach his full potential. Our specialised programs guide the boys in developing skills for healthy relationships within and beyond the College, support them in facing challenges and overcoming hurdles, and provide them with an array of real-life skills and experiences in becoming the best version of themselves as they grow to be Men for Others.  

Various opportunities for leadership are actively promoted throughout Secondary School and complement similar opportunities which are also vital for our Junior School boys. In striving to be Men for Others, Trinity College encourages leadership across all dimensions of the College in both formal and informal endeavours.

At every stage of the Trinity College journey, our pastoral care and wellbeing programs have been intentionally designed and sequenced to provide for the cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual needs of our boys, contributing to their holistic formation.

Year 7 - Becoming Brothers

Year 7 marks a significant rite of passage where students transition from primary school and become members of the Secondary School.  Our Transition Program is both robust and flexible, providing each Year 7 boy with a Year 11 Senior Minister guide, mentor, and role model for tailored support. A significant experience for all Year 7 students is the Becoming Brothers Retreat, which encourages the boys to begin to know one another, move beyond some of their personal comfort zones, and continue their formation of personal identity in the Secondary School. This is an important foundational year in which the personal journey to becoming Men for Others commences with the support and companionship of their peers - becoming brothers!

Years 8 & 9 - Becoming Men

These years are characterised by a journey of self-awareness and personal growth.  Throughout Year 8 boys continue their transition into the Secondary School with further opportunities to develop a strong sense of personal identity while continuing to develop social connections within the cohort. Using the framework of positive psychology, a strength-based approach enables students and the school community to thrive by building on their strengths and virtues.

The Becoming Men program in Year 9 directly addresses this often challenging period of adolescence, and is a bespoke program designed to foster a wide range of skills and the inner fortitude to encounter the contemporary challenges facing today’s teenage boys. Once again, the importance of understanding one’s own journey and formation is respected while acknowledging the importance of support from significant others.

Year 10 - Personal Development & Wellbeing

The Year 10 PWD Program is another of our bespoke programs designed to complement the pastoral experiences of the previous three years and prepare the boys for their next rite of passage into the senior years. Relationships with self and others forms the essence of this program with a focus on the My Wellbeing and Relationship IQ components, which promote holistic mental health, and the building of strong, meaningful relationships. 

Aspects of service, self-management and independence are experienced throughout the year with a particular highlight being the opportunity for students to learn essential food preparation skills through a four-week Food Technology program at Mercedes College.

Year 11 & 12 - Men of Honour

The Year 11 & 12 program culminates in a final rite of passage which prepares our senior students to move beyond the College and be Men for Others in today’s world. The Men of Honour X Program explores these transitional experiences through a series of workshops with the support of significant life relationships, such as those with fathers, grandfathers, mothers, or significant life persons. This program builds on earlier formation work and seeks to produce young men of Trinity College who are informed, considerate, respectful, self-less and resilient.