Trinity Gardens School is a Reception to Year 6 school. Class arrangements across the school vary, including multi-age composite classes and single year level classes.
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Staff are on duty from 8.30am, during breaks and after school until 3:20pm. Classrooms open at 8:40am unless a teacher is assigned to a yard duty when they will open the classroom at 8:50am.
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Mid-year intake into preschool started
in 2023 and for school (reception) from 2024.
From 2023 children who turn 4 years old:
- before 1 May continue to start preschool at the beginning of the year
- from 1 May to 31 October start preschool through the mid-year intake at the start of term 3 of that year
- after 31 October start preschool at the beginning of the following year.
Children will undertake 4 terms (1 year) of preschool, regardless of whether they start at the beginning of the year,
or through a mid-year intake.
before 1 May can start primary school (the first year is known as reception) at the beginning of the year
- from 1 May to 31 October start school through the mid-year intake at the start of term 3 of that year
- after 31 October start school at the beginning of the following year.
Students who start school at the beginning of the year will complete 4 terms of reception.
Students who start school through a mid-year intake (start of term 3) will complete 6 terms of reception
Classes across the school may be composite. Multi-age grouping is one strategy that supports teachers in providing quality education for students. Multi-age groups also provide opportunities for children to:
- work together and learn from each other
- work at their own rate, experience success and acknowledge the success of others
- accept, value and care for others as individuals
- be in the same class as other members of the family group
- foster a ‘sense of community’ as they share the responsibility for learning.
This way of organising classes assists schools by:
- providing more options for placing children and teachers
- allowing junior primary classes to begin the year with a small group of children and admit reception children throughout the year
- providing flexibility in class structures to provide for needs of individual children and identified groups enabling even class sizes and even distribution of boys and girls across classes.
There is flexibility across the school for older students to work with younger students (buddy classes). The students also participate in Student Leaders that meet regularly to co-ordinate ways to improve our school and environment. The students are also put into a House team when they enrol in the school: Wellington, Devitt, Trinity and St Morris.
A fortnightly electronic newsletter is provided in the even weeks of term and in the odd weeks, the Principal releases a This Fortnight at Trinity video. Class teachers also send a regular newsletter and curriculum overview information. The school uses the Edsmart system via email to send information to families particularly in regard to excursions and consent requirements and most teachers use the Seesaw app to communicate with families.
Reporting Student Achievement
The school reports on student progress throughout the year in a variety of ways:
Acquaintance Night at beginning of Term 1
Term 1 – 3 way conferences between Teacher/Parent/Student
Term 2 – Written report on academic progress
Term 3 – 3 way conferences (optional)
Term 4 – Written report on academic progress
Parents are welcome to participate in school programs through Governing Council, sports coaching, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden, classroom assistance, grounds maintenance (Friends of the Forest), workshops and information sessions, fundraising activities and social events .
The School Governing Council meets twice each term, and meetings are open to all interested parents. Council committees meet regularly between Council meetings. Nomination for Governing Council and Council Committees is encouraged each year. Please see the Governing Council section of our website for further information.