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Junior Years

Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change. Barbara Mikulski

Trinity is one of only three schools on the Gold Coast which offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). This program prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Students benefit from this program by:

  • being encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • becoming more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • being able to engage with a wide range of people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

The IB programs are designed to develop crucial intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills encouraging students to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Trinity Year 5 student, Paige Douglas is an amazing example of a student who has been able to think creatively, who has shown the ability to effectively problem solve and who has developed the skill of being able to communicate successfully with an adult in an important authoritative role. Paige recently hand wrote a letter to Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate asking him to consider adding a pedestrian crossing on the western end of Cotlew Street, outside our Junior Years campus. She gave Mr Tate a highly relevant motive for her request and her letter was persuasive enough to initiate a meeting with Councillor, Dawn Crichlow; traffic engineer, Lucas Stewart; Head of Campus, Carolyn Thistlethwaite; Paige; her father, Craig Douglas and her teacher, Amelia Nemeth.

Lucas, the traffic engineer has subsequently agreed to do some investigations into Paige's proposal and will be coming to see the traffic flow at peak times in order to determine what the best approach is. They will then get back to Trinity with their proposed outcome. He will also ask for extra marking on the road for the school zone area to reduce the speed of traffic. Paige did, of course, write to Councillor Dawn Crichlow to thank her for responding to her letter and for taking the time to meet with her in order to come up with a solution.

We are of course incredibly proud of Paige for initiating the extra safety measure near our school and for living our Head, Heart and Hand philosophy. Well done Paige!


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