Since 1984, Trinity College has thrived. The community has established a flourishing College, as evidenced via a host of relevant educational measures. Community engagement, wellbeing, talented staff, high ATAR attainment, amazing co-curricular options and an excellent base in literacy and numeracy, are all components of a Trinity education built around extraordinary opportunities.
The high employability of Trinity graduates has been a significant, and now growing feature.
Trinity is a genuine leader in education because the school embraces change. Trinity College Head, Mr Nick Hately states “We look to serve our community in increasingly relevant ways by regularly re-engineering and refocussing our College. We are committed to delivering and improving traditional aspects of schooling while implementing new directions. Our new Innovation and Creativity School is the most significant leap forward in boosting the skills of our students and enhancing their employability in many years.”
With a 360 degree projection room, industry standard 3D printing capacity, significant virtual reality capability, design and animation areas, sound studio and university standard teaching spaces, the new facility looks amazing.
Mr Hately states “Our collective teaching and learning capability has grown significantly by delivering this new facility. The 10 million dollar investment is providing some tremendous opportunities for students from all year levels. 21st century education is being driven by stronger movement to learning through enquiry, exploration and collaboration. Our graduates are attaining excellent scores but they also leave us with decent community values and a host of skills. Real-world, transferable skills will become an even greater focus, as will embracing opportunities to promote enhanced critical thinking, creative thinking and entrepreneurship. The future will see less reflection on measures such as ATAR and NAPLAN and more on understanding and celebrating graduate capabilities. Promotion of wellbeing will remain one of our highest priorities.”
This Trinity Innovation and Creativity School is an investment in infrastructure. Combined with new areas of focus and enhanced pedagogy, it best positions the College to embrace 21st century educational challenges.
This school will better equip and best prepare students and graduates for a significantly changing world and work environment. Education is moving from primarily developing knowledge and technical skills to transferable capabilities and enterprise skills.
Enterprise skills are transferable skills that can be applied across contexts or work environments. Up to this point, possessing these enterprise skills has often advantaged particular workers to gain leadership positions or be more successful in applying their technical skills. Jobs of the future will demand that enterprise skills are needed 70% more than they are currently. Skills which can be classified as enterprise skills include: problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, presentation skills, communication skills, digital literacy, teamwork and financial literacy.
To partner with the new facility and embed these skills, the College has rewritten significant parts of its curriculum. Students from particular year levels are provided ‘week-long immersive experiences’ where they are taught skills relating to artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 3D printing and animation. They are presented with real-world problems and given opportunities to apply their newly developed skills by solving them. Additional courses, with a more significant focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, are also available.
Key partnerships with the University of South Australia, corporate and other tertiary providers have been established. Mentoring programmes, where local industry experts partner with students to commercialise student led innovations, have begun.
Co-curricular use of the new resource through robotics, engineering, e-gaming and coding clubs are all incorporated into the new facility.
Trinity has embraced a path to clearly establish the qualities and capabilities they want their graduates to possess in order to flourish in society beyond school.
“We will embrace a teaching programme and provide school experiences which will deliver ethical values and capabilities for all. Our pedagogy will more seamlessly move beyond the silos of subjects and become more multi-disciplinary and project-based. Our aim is to provide students with an outstanding academic foundation and the skills to follow their passions at and post school. The Trinity Innovation and Creativity School will be a key component in enabling this reinvention.” Mr Hately said.
Many parents have come to explore the new building and all have been excited by the increasing opportunities available for their sons and daughters.
These are exciting times for Trinity College.